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Rich with primary sources and additional resources, this plan asks class members to think critically about newspaper coverage of the Holocaust. Focusing in particular on the analysis of the article "150th Anniversary: 1851-2001: Turning Away From the Holocaust" by Max Frankel, learners evaluate the role of journalism in the Holocaust and World War II. The plan calls for a class discussion; create your own writing project to wrap up the activity.
Your young historians will analyze several primary source documents regarding the Holocaust and then incorporate the information they have gathered into an essay on the treatment of Jews and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Students analyze different perspectives of the history of the Holocaust. They experience primary and secondary sources along with pieces from literature, documentaries, songs and letters. A commitment of honor and dedication is expressed through the thoughts and feelings experienced by the survivors of the Holocaust viewed in this lesson.
Learners examine the events surrounding the Holocaust in World War II. After viewing a clip from "The War", they work together in groups to research the various responses from governments on the tradegy. To end the lesson, they write a journal entry about how to remember the victims and support the survivors.
Invest the time to study personal histories, poetry, and movies about the Holocaust so learners can grasp the plight of the individual.
Connect fiction and nonfiction narratives about the Holocaust to show universal themes of human strength and endurance.
Learners complete a unit of lessons that examine the Holocaust from the point of view of those who actively resisted the Nazis. They analyze a timeline, participate in a class debate, explore various websites, and write a letter.
Tenth graders, after reading a variety of passages and watching a video on "Children Remember the Holocaust," explore the concept of brutality of deportation and analyze conditions in concentration and death camps. They review maps and three personal testimonies having to do with the Holocaust.
Here are activities and lessons for examining the "chain of causation" leading up to the Holocaust.
Students examine the contributions of Holocaust heroes. In this Holocaust lesson, students watch "Holocaust Heroes," and discuss the stories shared in the video. Students create scrapbooks that feature the real or fictional account of those changed by war or other events.
Delve into the history of Auschwitz to educate this generation about the Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance.
Ninth graders visit the US Holocaust Museum to witness the actions of the Nazis against the Jews during World War II. A great lesson if you are located near the museum or are planning a trip to the DC area.
Learners take the personas of eight different groups of people involved in the Holocaust. In this lesson about the Holocaust, students view "The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler" learners view and discuss the video, focusing on Hitler's views of other races, his personal life, as well as their response to his policies. Students then randomly join one of eight groups to research and present their role in the time period to the class.
Teachers could begin lessons about the Holocaust by having students read "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Tenth graders read, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and present their ideas through multi-media about events of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany.
Learners comprehension widens on the subject of the Holocaust by focusing on two different, yet related, experiences of Jews in Europe during the Holocaust. Those being death camps and life in major ghettos. They trace both commonalities and differences between these types of experience. Students view the Holocaust from individual viewpoints.
Students analyze maps and answer discussion questions related to WWI. In this geography lesson, students analyze historic maps to determine causes and effects of WWI in Europe. Students read testimonies of Holocaust survivors and label maps.
Students investigate contemporary hate groups and then participate in a debate on tolerating their existence of the Holocaust. They work in groups to conduct research. Students use print and Web resources to identify one or more contemporary hate groups. They go to friends, relatives, and even Holocaust survivors to solicit opinions about tolerating hate groups in the here and now.
Students create a Holocaust memorial. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students use geometric shapes or forms to create a Holocaust monument.
Learners analyze the causes of the Holocaust. In this causes of the Holocaust lesson, students vote on whether hate or indifference was the root cause of the Holocaust and argue their choice. Learners complete a worksheet that uses the acronym H.A.T.E.D. to represent causes of the Holocaust.