Grade Level: 6 through 12
Sunshine State Standards:
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- Grades 6-8
- LA.C.1.3.4, 2.3.1
- Grades 9-12
- LA.C.1.4.1, 2.4.1
Procedures: Comprehension Questions for use with The Wave video:
- When and where did this experiment occur?
- What was Mr. Ross' motive for the experiment?
- What was the first reaction of the class to Mr. Ross?
- What were the effects on the class?
On Mr. Ross?
- What was Mrs. Ross' attitude about the movement?
- State at least two reasons why Laurie was troubled by the experiment.
- What were the three key words or concepts of the movement?
- List two positive and two negative effects of the concepts.
- What rules did Mr. Ross and the movement use to motivate people?
- What other methods can be used to unit a group?
- What made Mr. Ross realize that he must bring the experiment to an end?
- What effect did The Wave have on the relationship between David and Laurie?
- Who did Mr. Ross say is the actual leader of The Wave?
- Why did David believe it is all right to hurt a few people?
- How can movements such as The Wave be defeated?
- Discuss the difference between having an interest in something and fanaticism?
- Mr. Ross said, "It is amazing how much they like you when you make their decisions for them." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Why is decision-making so difficult?
- Was Mr. Ross right or wrong in manipulating his students as he did? Defend your answer.
- What does this experiment say about the causes of the Holocaust?
- What does this film say about authority and power?
- Is authority necessarily evil? Why? Why not?
- Are there situations where obedience is necessary? Explain.
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
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College of Education, University of South Florida © 2005.