The Rule of Mussolini

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This self-contained unit focuses on getting students to define what Fascism actually stands for, and then to test Mussolini's success against these criteria. In addition, students compare Fascism to both Nazism and Communism. In this way they are able to approach examination questions from a very sophisticated angle rather than by merely assessing one area of policy after another. The unit, listed below, makes use of the following interactive features.

Introductory Prezi: Mussolini and Fascist Italy [interactive]
A brief overview of the main themes and the key events. Students should take notes!

Undercover in Fascist Italy [interactive]
A major decision-making simulation, complete with a worksheet, which provides a thorough investigation of Mussolini's domestic policies. In this simulation students play the role of James Spod, an undercover agent. The mission is to find, and then assassinate, Benito Mussolini: the Fascist dictator whose alliance with the evil Adolf Hitler is throwing the world into chaos. Factual knowledge will be tested as students play the simulation and the scores of the whole class can be viewed on a live leaderboard!

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Student Resources (The Rule of Mussolini)

> OverviewPDF File0.81MBPreview Page 1
> What is FascismPDF File0.22MBPreview Page 1
> VIDEO-Early Life and Rise to Power (10m)Video Weblink
> Research SimulationPDF File0.19MBPreview Page 1
> Starter Quiz (Picture Round)PowerPoint4.27MB
> VIDEO-Domestic Policies (9m)Video Weblink
> Factual TestPDF File0.03MBPreview Page 1
> Hwk-Fascism v Nazism-ResearchPDF File0.18MBPreview Page 1
> Essay Planning-OPTIONAL TASKPDF File0.18MBPreview Page 1
> Essay PlanningPDF File0.19MBPreview Page 1
> Useful SourcesPDF File0.2MBPreview Page 1
> What is Fascism-ConclusionsPowerPoint0.08MB
> VIDEO-Fall and Legacy (9m)Video Weblink


Teacher Resources (The Rule of Mussolini)

> Research-SAMPLEPDF File0.52MBPreview Page 1
> Second Model Research PiecePDF File0.49MBPreview Page 1
> First Model Research PiecePDF File1.32MBPreview Page 1
> Research Task (LONGER ALTERNATIVE)PDF File0.2MBPreview Page 1
> Factual TestPDF File0.13MBPreview Page 1
> Factual Test (alternative)PDF File0.2MBPreview Page 1
> Essay Planning-OPTIONALPDF File0.2MBPreview Page 1
> Tarr Essay-HOW FASCISTPDF File0.22MBPreview Page 1
> Tarr Essay-HOW SUCCESSFULPDF File0.2MBPreview Page 1
> Past QuestionsPDF File0.22MBPreview Page 1


"Who Am I?" Challenge - Mussolini's Italy
Each team will be presented with a clue about a key historical figure. They get 50 points if they guess it correctly. If they wish to 'pass', they get further (easier) clues but the points available steadily decline. An incorrect guess at any point means they get zero points for that round. You can play as many rounds as you wish. It's a great way to revise!

Fling the Teacher Challenge - Mussolini's Italy (45 possible questions)
Another great revision quiz. I give students 10 minutes at the start of the lesson to try to complete the quiz. Anyone completing the quiz within the available time gets a score based on the amount of minutes left on the clock. They can then move on to the first lesson task, whatever that happens to be, whilst the other members of the class continue to play. I build up a 'leaderboard' of scores over the numerous lessons we have during revision time to build up momentum!

Model Essay - How successful were Mussolini’s Domestic Policies? (note: teacher password required).
An essay completed in timed conditions by RJ Tarr of

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