Few geo-political events have resonated through the past 70 years like Neville Chamberlain’s decision to pursue the policy of appeasement in reaction to German aggression leading up to the Second World War. Leaders throughout the world have invoked appeasement to justify military action ever since. The decisions that went into Chamberlain’s policy, however, were far from straightforward. Historians have continually debated and reinterpreted these events. In this lesson, students address the issue of appeasement and explore and weigh evidence against and in favor of the policy.

We thank Riverside Unified School District for sharing their Spanish translation with us.

Image: Photo of Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler at the Munich Agreement in 1938. From the Wikimedia Commons.


Can't wait to do this tomorrow!
Thanks so much for this resource. It will open up so many avenues and possibilities for my Year 11 History students.
I can't wait to teach this lesson to my 7th grade Social Studies class. I saw some of the other comments about reading levels and almost didn't check out the lesson plan. This is totally doable for my class. I would probably read it with my resource group for the first read and then let them take over for the 2nd read. My other classes would be fine reading on their own. I would spend time with vocabulary before presenting the lesson.
Hi patrickcollins - You can find Document C in the Lesson Plan file.
Is Document C missing from here?
I liked this lesson. I broke it down into two parts for my sophomores. It was somewhat difficult for them, but worth the time spent. The reading can be difficult, but the work done with the reading is valuable for learning how to deal with such reading. Students did come away with a much better understanding of appeasement.
Hi papatterson, thank you for your feedback. We'd like to point out that this lesson plan indicates it may take multiple class periods to complete. Additionally, we encourage teachers to further adapt the lesson's documents to make them suitable for their particular classes. We hope these tips help.
This lesson does not match the other lessons in reading level. It is much higher and longer than the others. This should be noted. I have used a number of others so thought it was the same level, it is not. The other lessons are useful for a regular education history class. This is for higher than a regular education class.
This was the perfect lesson for my IB Seniors taking 20th Century World History. A great way to transition from the interwar period into World War Two. Thank you.
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