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America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet

America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
America and the Holocaust: Video Viewing Fill-in Worksheet
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How did the United States respond to the tragedy of the Holocaust unfolding across the Atlantic during the 1930s and 1940s? Help your students answer this essential question like never before by using the video "America and the Holocaust" along with these fill-in-the-blank worksheets.

"America and the Holocaust," is an episode of the series American Experience.


SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO BY PBS:

Complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945. For a short time, the US had an opportunity to open its doors, but instead erected a "paper wall," a bureaucratic maze that prevented all but a few Jewish refugees from entering the country. It was not until 1944, that a small band of Treasury Department employees forced the government to respond.


WHERE TO FIND THE VIDEO

"America and the Holocaust" plays occasionally on PBS stations as a part of the series American Experience. However, it is also available online at a variety of streaming sites. The best way to find where it may currently be available is to run a simple Google search. For teachers who prefer hard media, however, the film can be purchased through pbs.org.


ABOUT THIS AMERICA AND THE HOLOCAUST WORKSHEET

The worksheet provided here is designed to be used by students as they watch the video. Students will pay better attention and will focus in on important details as they solve the problems included in the activity.

Structure of worksheet: Key statements from the film's script are included on a worksheet, with important words or phrases blocked out. Students are to fill in the missing words or phrases as they watch the film. I have used these worksheets with my classes and have found them to be highly successful at helping students follow the movie better.

Teacher convenience is a hallmark of my products. Therefore, I have organized student materials in two ways so that you have a variety of options:

1) Re-usable. Make one class set and use it with multiple groups over multiple years. Save on paper, ink, and the hassle of making printouts. Answer blanks on this set are noted with the characters: ---. This is on purpose so that students do not feel they have a "blank" to write on. --- is too short to be of much use and the position of the hyphens would block their writing in any case.
2) Consumable. If you prefer to let students write directly on the worksheets, use the set that has answer blanks noted with the characters: ______________________________. Please note that all blanks are the same size (except when shortening a blank will help with formatting the flow of the sentence). This is to avoid giving students unintentional hints or clues about the answers. The answers can be derived only from carefully watching the film.

Teacher Materials: A complete answer key is included. It provides the answers in context for use in class discussions of the material.

There are 39 problems for students to solve (numbered 1-23 since several problems have multiple blanks).



LOOKING FOR A VERSION WITH ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES INSTEAD OF JUST A WORKSHEET?

If so, you might be interested in my easy-print PDF version of this product. In addition to the fill-in-the-blank worksheet, it also contains a Holocaust timeline for student reference and two different follow-up activities for students to complete after watching the video. (However, since it is a PDF file, it can't easily be edited as can the product available on the current page.)

You can find the PDF version of the product at the link below.

America and the Holocaust Worksheets and Activities in PDF format



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American Experience: The Presidents series:

American Experience The Presidents Woodrow Wilson Worksheets for the Entire 3-Hour Series

American Experience The Presidents LBJ Worksheets for the Entire 4-Hour Series
American Experience: LBJ Worksheets for the First Half of the 4-Hour Series
American Experience: LBJ Worksheets for the Last Half of the 4-Hour Series

American Experience The Presidents: Clinton Worksheets for Entire Series

Other American Experience Video Worksheets:

American Experience: George Wallace Worksheets for Entire Series
American Experience: America and the Holocaust Worksheets and Activities --- PDF Version
American Experience: America and the Holocaust Worksheet -- Editable Version
American Experience: The Crash of 1929 Worksheets




As always, I wish you a very happy and engaging school year!

Elise Parker
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