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Students compare a photo of a child's room during the Holocaust to their room. In 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.
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.
Eleventh graders investigate the Holocaust. In this Holocaust lesson, 11th graders discuss the concepts of ethnocentrism and anti-Semitism. Students research the concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime and consider how the Holocaust affected the Jewish population.
Students consider the implications of the Holocaust. In 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 consider voices of the Holocaust. In 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.
Students examine the location of the Holocaust. In this mapping lesson plan, 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.
Vladek's attitudes are difficult for many young learners to understand. Prepare your class for the events represented in Art Speigelman's graphic novel with a pre-reading activity that has them read articles about and interviews with other Holocaust survivors. Directions for the jigsaw activity, as well as links to the interviews, are included in the richly detailed plan.
“The Gambler” and “The Journey” offer readers an opportunity to experience two very different views of Jewish life in Poland between WWI and WWII. Whether used as a part of a study of the Holocaust, or as a compare/contrast exercise, the stories, discussion questions, vocabulary lists, biographical information and activities make for a powerful learning experience.
Students create an iMovie based off of their interpretation of the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. In this Holocaust instructional activity, students use photos and music to dictate their summary of what they have read. Students also write a reflection after they have presented their iMovie to their class.
Examine the United States through the lens of intolerance using this 2-week unit plan, which includes details for 13 days of instruction. Scholars study examples of prejudiced behavior throughout history, discuss issues in groups, investigate genocide, analyze primary sources and legislative landmarks, and finally apply their knowledge to a study on the Holocaust. While texts are not included, all readings are named and some could be located on other sites. Discussion questions are strong.
Teaching children of any age about genocide or The Holocaust can be difficult, as the content is sensitive and often emotional. This academic article was written by an educator and is intended to help you consider multiple aspects of child development while providing background information about the topic of genocide.
Seventh graders discuss the issues of isolation and deportation as they are related to the Holocaust. After reading a brief passage about deportation and confinement in a concentration camp, 7th graders discuss the feelings involved in being isolated from family and friends. Reading and test materials are included.