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Students compare a photo of a child's room during the Holocaust to their room. For this WWII lesson, students read picture books and evaluate the roles of characters in the book. Students create either a poster about the roles, a movie poster for the book, or a new book jacket. Students write journal entries about a time they were involved in bullying behaviors.
Young scholars research information about the Holocaust. In this World War II lesson, students write down facts about what they already know about the Holocaust on a KWL chart. Young scholars listen to a brief lecture about the Holocaust and complete the KWL chart.
Students research victims of the Holocaust, then create pieces of art to depict the suffering of the Holocaust victims.
Students use poetry to share their feelings about the Holocaust. Using the internet, they research a major event of the twentieth century from a different viewpoint using the language of the foreign country. They use different structures of poems to write their own feelings about the event.
Students consider the implications of the Holocaust. For this World War II lesson, students read the graphic novel Maus at the end of a unit on World War II. Students discuss the impact of reading about the Holocaust as well as theme of the book. Students create fictitious movie posters for the book.
Students examine American involvement in World War II. In this World War II lesson, students discuss the Holocaust and its implications. Students read New York Times articles regarding the treatment of Jews during the war. Students infer what might have taken place had Americans known earlier about the persecution of Jews in Germany.
Eighth graders consider how something like the Holocaust could happen. In this Holocaust instructional activity, 8th graders analyze German propaganda that was used to garner support for World War II. Students discuss which pieces of propaganda were the most effective.
Students write a thesis paper about the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson plan, students use books and the internet to take notes and research a Holocaust topic and write a research paper about it.
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.
Students consider voices of the Holocaust. For this human rights lesson, students discover several brave individuals who are now honored for their humanitarian efforts during the Holocaust. Students read and engage in class discussions pertaining to the causes of racial mistreatment.
In this social studies worksheet, students read a brief history of the Holocaust and its connection to Number the Stars. Students read about when Hitler came to power, concentration camps, and people who helped rescue Jews.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this World War II lesson, students analyze photographs, records, diaries, letters, newspapers, and other historic accounts of the Holocaust. Students prepare classroom presentations that feature their impressions of hatred and discrimination.
Students examine the location of the Holocaust. In this mapping lesson, students analyze two maps identifying the area in which the Holocaust took place. Students familiarize themselves with the symbols used during this time period and the location of the concentration camps.
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
Pupils examine the political socialization that contributed to the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson, students read about supporters of the Nazi party and how political socialization led to the Hitler Youth.
Students examine the liberation of concentration camp survivors from two different points of view. In this Holocaust survivors lesson, students read and discuss personal accounts of liberation from the perspective of a concentration camp survivors and American soldiers.
Reflecting on what life was like during the Holocaust, 8th graders will read excerpts from the book, The Diary of Anne Frank, then complete five classroom activities that reflect on the readings. The classroom will be set-up to portray the "Secret Annex" in this simulation. Students will keep a diary, question, conclude, and participate in a variety of highly engaging interactive scenarios. Many varietions can be added to these scenarios as wel
Learners analyze how personal diaries and memoirs record actual events. They compare and contrast diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust. They engage in journal or diary writing as a way to explore one's own feelings and self.
Learners, in groups, research a given topic surrounding the Holocaust and/or The Diary of Anne Frank. They complete informational presentations to be presented to the rest of the class and then assemble a classroom Holocaust Book that incudes all presentations.
Twelfth graders analyze the ethical and moral decisions made by people during the Holocaust. They role play a situation placing them in an ethical delima. They must make a choice and defend it to their peers. Readings and test materials for this unit are included.