Nazi Germany 16 markers technique

As a class, we have already explored how to write a 16 mark question for the Crime and Punishment paper. However, the technique needed for a Nazi Germany 16 mark question is different as it asks you to evaluate two interpretations.

Today we shall be exploring how to write these questions and will be attempting to write a 16-marker to round off the lesson.

Please use the YouTube video to help you with today’s lesson. You can download the worksheet for today’s lesson below. If you are unable to download the worksheet, please complete the tasks in the yellow boxes.

Interpretations

As you can see from the outline of the Nazi Germany exam below, the 16-marker is the last question (question 3d). It leads on from the interpretations questions. Therefore, it will be asking you how far you agree with one of the interpretations about something in Nazi Germany.

QuestionType of QuestionMarks
1Inference: Give 2 things you can infer….4
2Causation: Explain why….12
3aUtility: Study sources B and C, how useful are they for an enquiry into…8
3bInterpretation: study interpretations 1 and 2…what are main differences between them.4
3cInterpretation: Suggest why Interpretation 1 and 2 are different…use sources B and C to help.4
3dInterpretation Judgement: How far do you agree with Interpretation 1/2 about… use own knowledge too.  16 (4 for SPAG)
Total: 52

TASK ONE: What are the main differences between the following interpretations?

For our first task today, let’s complete an interpretation question that we are already comfortable with:

Study interpretations 1 and 2. They give different views about the increased support for the Nazis from 1929-33. What are the main differences between these views?

This question will lead us on to the 16-marker question, so it’s good to practice this first.

Interpretation 1

From a history textbook, GCSE Modern World History, B. Walsh, published in 1996.

The Nazis won increased support after 1929 due to Hitler. He was a powerful speaker and was years ahead of his time as a communicator. He travelled by plane on a hectic tour of rallies all over Germany. He appeared as a dynamic man of the moment, the leader of a modern party with modern ideas. At the same time, he was able to appear to be the man of the people, someone who knew and understood the people and their problems. Nazi support rocketed.

Interpretation 2

From a history text book, Modern World History, T. Hewitt, J. McCabe and A. Mendum, published in 1999.

The Depression was the main reason for increased support for the Nazis. The government was taken by surprise at the speed and extent of the Depression. It also had very few answers as to how to deal with it. The Depression brought out all the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic, which seemed to be incapable of doing anything to end it. It is not surprising that the German people began to listen to parties promising to do something. In particular, they began to look to and support the Nazis.

STRUCTURE:
Remember to structure your above answer as the following:

Step 1: Identify the main view of interpretation 1
Interpretation 1 suggests that…
Step 2: Give evidence from the interpretation that supports this.
This is evident as the interpretation states that…
Step 3: Identify the main interpretation of interpretation 2
On the other hand, Interpretation 2 suggests that…
Step 4: Give evidence from the interpretation that supports this.
This is evident as the interpretation states that…

TASK TWO: What knowledge can you link to both interpretations?

In Task Three you will be asked to argue how far you agree with one of these interpretations. One key thing to do in this answer is match up the interpretations to your own knowledge.

So what own-knowledge can you link up to both interpretations? Complete this as bullet points in a table.

CHALLENGE: It’s even better if you can include SPEND in your table (statistics, places, events, names and dates) to act as evidence.

Interpretation 1Interpretation 2
Main view of the interpretation?Main view of the interpretation?
answer: Hitler’s personal appeal was the main reason why Nazi Party support grew.answer: The economic Depression was the main reason why Nazi Party support grew.
What own knowledge backs this up?What own knowledge backs this up?
– Nuremberg rallies.
Keep going. How many points can you think of?
– The Wall Street Crash.
– 6 million German people were unemployed by 1933.
Keep going. How many points can you think of?

TASK THREE: a 16-marker interpretation question.

Look at the interpretations again, and attempt to answer this question:

How far do you agree with Interpretation 2 about the reasons for the increased support for the Nazis in the years 1929-1932?

Use the structure guide below to help you.

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