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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.
Seven poems paired with seven original works of art provide learners an opportunity to draw connections between literary and artistic interpretations. Designed to augment a study of the Holocaust, each pair is accompanied by discussion questions. A powerful, personal way to introduce the topic.
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 plan.
Young scholars 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 instructional activity, they write a journal entry about how to remember the victims and support the survivors.
As part of the study of WWII and the Holocaust, class members read a series of diary entries written by children during the onslaught of Nazi occupation. Each entry is accompanied by biographical information and discussion questions. The tone of the entries becomes more and more terrifying as the persecution progresses.
Centered on the short story "The Tenth Man" by Polish Holocaust survivor Ida Fink, here is a solid one-day resource to support study of World War II or Nazi history, short stories, or to complement any ELA unit on The Diary of Anne Frank or Elie Weisel's Night. Text of the story, discussion questions, and a pair of survivor testimonials are included: handy for incorporating primary documents. From the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, which also has lots of useful videos and other resources you could use in the classroom or assign to learners for research.
Class groups examine a series of poems that use Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as a motif in Holocaust poetry. Included are questions, notes to the teacher, and bibliographical information on each poem. The activities could be used as part of a study of the Holocaust or as part of a discussion of universal values.
The Holocaust is unbelievable! Examine this piece of history with your class. Using the Internet, research groups determine the relevance of information presented, compare how different sites present the same information, synthesize their findings,and present their analyses and interpretations to the class.
Holocaust deniers claim the genocide of Jews during World War II did not occur. Class members prove otherwise. After examining the claims of Holocaust denial, groups research library references and Internet sources, and then prepare a PowerPoint to prove that the Holocaust did indeed take place.
In an ultimate lesson about listening to opposing points of view, your young historians read testimony from the Nuremberg Trials by Nazi SS officers regarding their actions during the Holocaust and a brief speech by Himmler to SS leaders. Each testimony transcript is followed by thought questions that can elicit rich discussion about accountability, obedience, conscience, and morality. A rich resource to expand literary or historical study of the Holocaust.
Eighth graders research the Holocaust and Anne Frank in this interdisciplinary lesson. They write descriptive paragraphs of an Internet website and write a personal reaction paragraph. Additionally, they create theater design projects and develop a narrative poem using biographical information.