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'The Century's Bitterest Journalistic Failure'? Considering Times Coverage of the Holocaust
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, Seven Paintings: A Teacher's Guide to Selected Holocaust Poetry
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.
New! Lessons from the Holocaust
This lesson plan includes an excellent informational text with background information on the Holocaust, as well as worksheets, book report guidelines, and discussion questions on Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. There is also an extension lesson relating the atrocity of the Holocaust to the modern conflict in Africa between the Sudanese government and African tribes.
To Honor All Children from Prejudice to Discrimination to Hatred....to Holocaust
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.
Introduction to the Holocaust
Students 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.
Teach About the Holocaust To Prevent Acts of Hate
Invest the time to study personal histories, poetry, and movies about the Holocaust so learners can grasp the plight of the individual.
Listen to the Voices of the Holocaust
Connect fiction and nonfiction narratives about the Holocaust to show universal themes of human strength and endurance.
The Holocaust in Literature: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Using literature is an effective way to address the Holocaust with your students.
"You're Probably Tired, Dear Diary" - Children's Diaries during the Holocaust
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.
Lesson Ideas to Enrich Student Inquiry into the Holocaust
Students identify the author's purpose. They identify different perspectives from a variety of historical situations. Students complete individual projects to their interest. They discuss WWII and the Holocaust. Students examine current events and report in writing.
Holocaust Studies: Five Poems by Dan Pagis
Teaching a unit on the Holocaust? Consider using the personal statements of Dan Pagis’s poetry to contrast with the more “distanced” historical accounts found in textbooks. Five poems, discussion questions, and background notes are included in the richly detailed plan.
"Your Son, Your Only One" - The Sacrifice of Isaac as a Motif in Holocaust Poetry
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.
Teaching the Holocaust through Literature
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.
Holocaust Research Project
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.
Eleventh graders trace the history of intolerance in American history and familiarize themselves with the actions of the United States towards the Holocaust. They explore present day Holocaust denial and Neo-Nazism in the United States.
Holocaust and Resistance
Students 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.
The Holocaust: Concentration Camps
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.
Holocaust Remembrance Week and the Chain of Causation
Here are activities and lessons for examining the "chain of causation" leading up to the Holocaust.
Promote Tolerance on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Delve into the history of Auschwitz to educate this generation about the Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance.
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.