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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.
Young readers select a book from a provided list to use as the basis for an intensive class study of Holocaust novels. After completing their novels, groups create a multimedia presentation highlighting the elements of literature contained in the novels. Web links, journal prompts, graphic organizers, rubrics, and an “Elements of Literature” PowerPoint presentation are included as part of this detailed plan.
What is the "Faurisson Affair”? What is “Holocaust Revisionism”? What does freedom of speech entail? Do revisionists have a right to voice their ideas? Such questions are at the heart of a richly detailed, thought provoking lesson launched by a reading of an article from the New York Times about Holocaust deniers. Everything you need, from discussion questions, to research links, from activities to extensions, is included. A powerful addition to your curriculum library.
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.
How would it feel to be segregated because of your age or background? This journal launches a persuasive writing lesson that includes a study of persuasive essays and speeches written and delivered in the 20th century. Class members then produce their own piece of persuasive writing. Although the lesson is part of a unit on the Holocaust, it could be adapted to other situations. Resource links are included.
Young scholars explore language arts by conducting an oral presentation in class. They create butterfly illustrations and read the Holocaust-related stories,"Fireflies in the Dark" and "The Cat with the Yellow Star." Learners practice public speaking by reciting a poem from one of the books in front of the class.
Engage your middle schoolers with Pastor Martin Niemoller's famous poem that begins, "First they came for the communists." Now that you have their attention, send learners to the various work stations you created to have them explore primary sources. Print the source documentation sheets (attached), so that learners can take notes based on what type of primary source they're looking at (pictures, speeches, documents, etc.). After class members have the opportunity to visit several work stations, bring everyone back fora short class discussion.
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.