Tagged: 10th Grade

Mapping Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time Needed1-2 class period(s) IntroductionMany students understand and internalize information more efficiently when they are able to visualize the history they are studying. The Nazis used very precise methods for processing people through or into their death camps. This exercise utilizes primary sources and maps to orient students to the process of arrival and selection at Auschwitz-Birkenau, adding location, direction and movement to the written testimony. MaterialsTeacher InstructionsMap of Auschwitz-BirkenauAuschwitz Album Photographs for StudentsAuschwitz Album Photograph Notes for TeachersAuschwitz Album Teacher Notes in PDF format

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Jewish Responses to the Holocaust – Testimony-based exercise

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Cent Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time Needed1 class period IntroductionJewish responses to the Holocaust are best described as “choiceless choices.” They were put in positions to make judgements and decisions without there being real, viable alternatives to their situation. Despite this, many decisions were made. This activity allows students to analyze the types of decisions four different people or groups made during the Holocaust. The same exercise could be accomplished with the primary source testimony of any victim of the Holocaust. Teachers can adapt this lesson to focus on a specific experience such as women in…

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Jewish Responses to the Holocaust – Discussion and Critical Thinking Exercise

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time Needed2 class period(s) IntroductionJewish responses to the Holocaust are best described as “choiceless choices.” They were put in positions to make judgments and decisions without there being real, viable alternatives to their situation. Despite this, many decisions were made. Students often have a difficult time understanding why Jews did not “just leave" or "just shoot a Nazi.” This critical thinking exercise is designed to help them understand the dilemmas and decisions faced by Jews during the Holocaust and to put that into the context of real people’s…

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Holocaust and World War II Photo Timeline Activity

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time Needed1 class period - or add to it a little bit through your unit IntroductionMany students understand and internalize information more efficiently when they are able to visualize the history they are studying. This lesson is designed to help students understand the correlation of Holocaust events to WWII military events. The goal is to equip them with an accurate chronology but also to show them how the military war impacted and changed Nazi policy toward the Jews, how WWII in the Pacific may have impacted the news and information…

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Heroism Project – Wrapping Up A Unit on Night

January 13, 2021

Rebecca DaltonBlue Valley North High SchoolOverland Park, Kansas Grade LevelHigh School SubjectLanguage Arts IntroductionThe following links are documents for use in my Heroism Project which I use as a culminating activity when I teach Night. A great way to incorporate research with teaching a Holocaust memoir is to have students research other humanitarians or organizations who are currently advocating for victims.  I use this as a culminating activity after my unit on Night. The students watch the PBS documentary First Person Singular about Elie Wiesel and reading his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech  in which he addresses the fact that…

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Growing Up In The Holocaust Teaching Unit

January 13, 2021

Janice FullertonSouth Junior High SchoolLawrence, Kansas Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectLanguage Arts IntroductionIn Lawrence, Kansas every 8th grade student is required to read Growing Up in the Holocaust by Ben Edelbaum. I chose to write a teacher’s guide to help students through the experience of Mr. Edelman’s survival. As a member of the Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, I have heard many Holocaust survivors’ testimonies. I can feel the pain in their voice as they tell of their experiences, the desperation, as they know their time on earth is short and the need to…

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Great Aktion in the Warsaw Ghetto

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time Needed1-2 class period(s) This exercise helps students identify the priorities and perspectives of individuals struggling to live in the Warsaw Ghetto at the time of the Great Aktion in July 1942. MaterialsTeacher InstructionsTeacher Notes - Discussion KEYAdam Czerniakow DiaryJanina Bauman DiaryMary Berg DiaryAbraham Lewin DiaryChaim Kaplan Diary

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Genocide Since The Holocaust

January 13, 2021

Jeff BenesBishop Miege High SchoolKansas City, MO Grade Level10th-12th grade SubjectLanguage ArtsSocial Studies Time NeededTo be determined by teacherIntroductionThis teaching guide represents several options on how to approach the topic of 20th and 21st Century genocides with your students. It is assumed that your students have some background in the Holocaust. This is not a comprehensive curriculum, but instead is a collection of suggested resources, approaches, and thought processes to bring to your classroom. The overall goal is to examining the stages of genocide and applying them to modern genocides. This curriculum can be adapted for use across the Social…

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Evaluating Nazi Propaganda

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectLanguage Arts/ReadingSocial Studies Time Needed1-2 class periods or longer at the discretion of the teacher based on class discussion IntroductionThe Nazis utilized propaganda as a political tool from their inception. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Propaganda Minster, developed bright, simply-interpreted imagery to impact the opinions of the German electorate prior to 1933, and then to sensitize them to the Nazi racial message after 1933. This exercise helps students to evaluate that propaganda for message and effectiveness. Materials for the lessonTeacher Instructions German PropagandaPre-1933 Nazi PostersNazi Posters, 1933-1945 Student Worksheet Propaganda Notes for Teachers

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Evaluating Genocidal Policy

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust EducationGrade Level7th-12th grade SubjectLanguage ArtsSocial StudiesTime NeededRecommend at least 3 class period IntroductionThe Holocaust was not the last episode of mass violence, death, or genocide in the 20th century. In fact, despite our claims of "Never Again," the United Nations Genocide Convention, and increased availability of information, genocide has carried over into the 21st century. One lesson we can take from the Holocaust is an understanding of the policy and implementation of genocides. By looking at instances since 1945 students are able to assess the world's responses to those events. Materials for the lesson Teacher InstructionsWhat…

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