This unit is a book club unit centered around the themes of prejudice and persecution. It is designed to go with middle school novels related to the Holocaust (suggested novels included in preview) but could be adapted to any unit with similar themes.
Students are assigned to groups of 3-4 and read a novel appropriate to proficiency. Groups discuss and students answer 36 questions related to the novels. Groups create a large poster with specific information. The class reads an additional novel together. Groups discuss and students answer 19 questions related to the class novel. The class then watches a movie (Animal Farm is suggested) and students answer 5 questions (one of which is an essay) comparing and contrasting their book club novel, the class novel, and the film as related to the themes of prejudice and persecution.
This unit does NOT include resources to teach the Holocaust, as it is unnecessary for the unit (the unit isn't about the Holocaust, per se, but the prejudice and persecution that surrounded it - as previously mentioned, this unit could be used for any historical context that centered around similar themes), although some background context may be helpful for students.
This unit does NOT include rubrics or answer keys for the questions, poster, or essay, as responses and products will vary.
This unit can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the speed of your readers and how much in-class time you devote to reading the novels.
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