Tagged: 7th Grade

Using Literature Excerpts in your Holocaust Class

January 14, 2021

Adapted from a lesson byLaura PattonIndian Woods Middle SchoolOverland Park, Kansas Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectLanguage Arts/ReadingSocial Studies Time Needed1-2 class periods IntroductionMany Holocaust survivors shared the memories of their experiences to help educate future generations. They are not historians, but rather important eye-witnesses to what was happening to them at a given place, in a given time, in a given set of circumstances. By reading several segments of different memoirs on a particular topic, the reader is able to piece together a broader view of what was happening across a spectrum of experiences during the Holocaust. MaterialsTeacher InstructionsStudent Notetaking Sheet…

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Surviving Hitler Teaching Unit

January 14, 2021

Cathy BlakeRetired from Yeokum Middle SchoolBelton, Missouri Gay RamseyTrailridge Middle SchoolShawnee Mission, Kansas Barbara WaldronTrailridge Middle SchoolShawnee Mission, Kansas Grade Level7th grade and up SubjectLanguage Arts/ReadingTime NeededBased on teacher use IntroductionThe purpose of this guide is to help teachers create meaningful learning experiences for students reading Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. Andrea Warren's award-winning book is most appropriate for grades five through eight. This biography can be used as an introduction to Holocaust studies or as enrichment to a Holocaust unit. Surviving Hitler teaches students why, how, what, when, and where the Holocaust took place. Through…

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Recognizing Genocide – A Study of the 8 Stages

January 14, 2021

Ronda HassigHarmony Middle SchoolOverland Park, Kansas Grade LevelMiddle School SubjectLanguage ArtsSocial Studies Time Needed3-4 class periods IntroductionThese lessons are taught in conjunction with a Holocaust novel study. The first lesson should be before they begin reading the novel. The second lesson should be done after finishing the book. Of the two lessons the second is most important because it focuses on genocide – what it is and how you can recognize it. These lessons will work with any Holocaust novel study. The unit asks students to analyze primary sources from 20th century genocides, familiarizes them with the Declaration of Human…

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Propaganda in the Holocaust and Rwanda

January 14, 2021

Jennifer JenkinsWestridge Middle SchoolOverland Park, Kansas Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectLanguage ArtsSocial Studies Time NeededAt least 5 class periods IntroductionCan the media incite violence? This unit aims to address the issue of media and violence, and to explore how the media influenced the Rwandan Genocide and The Holocaust. Using primary resources, transcripts and propaganda terminology, the learners will: Understand the different types of propaganda, bias and stereotypeLearn about and discuss theories about the effect media has on peopleStudy the causes and effects of the Rwandan GenocideExamine the effect print media had on the Rwandan Genocide and the HolocaustAnalyze the effect radio…

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MCHE Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive Curriculum

January 13, 2021

Jessica RockholdMidwest Center for Holocaust Education Grade Level7th-12th grade SubjectSocial StudiesLanguage Arts/Reading Time NeededVariable Introduction This curriculum was written to supplement the use of the Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive video testimony in 7-12th grade classrooms. Survivor testimony, while a critical component in Holocaust education, should never be used without the historical context necessary for students to understand the experiences of people who lived through the Holocaust. These teaching strategies and lessons adhere to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s recommended Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust, Kansas and Missouri State Education Standards, and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Educations Core Concepts in…

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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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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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