In this lesson, students will explore the vice of self-deception in civil society in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine the life of Nazi Irma Grese who was an ordinary young woman who joined the Nazis and perpetrated great crimes in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, photographs, and other activities to try to understand how an ordinary person could have deceived herself to adopt an ideology of hatred through blind obedience and its consequences.
 
Irma Grese and Deception
The Self-Deception of Irma Grese - Essay
Discussion Guide
Photo Comparison
Virtue in Action
Self-Deception Worksheet
Implementation Guide
Defining Civic Virtue
What Is Virtue? – Historical and Philosophical Context
What Is Virtue? – Defining the Term
Clarifying Civic Virtue
Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues
Teacher’s Notes for Launching Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains Curricular Planning Primary Source Activity: Benjamin Franklin and Civic Virtue
Answer Key
 
 
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