Holocaust Literary and Research Unit is designed to cover a nine-week quarter for students from grade 9 - 12. The book Night by Elie Weisel is the primary literary text, but a summary and excerpts of The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal, excerpts from the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, would also be helpful to have available. Various poetry from Holocaust victims is included in the study.
Not only are the students immersed in the experiences of those who suffered through the Holocaust through literary study, but they choose a specific subject related to the horrific era on which to complete a full-fledged research project.
Several projects and activities are included in the unit to urge students to evaluate their own perceptions of prejudice and racism.
The following essential and/or guiding questions were used in producing the unit and can also be used during classroom discussions:
* What challenges did victims of the Holocaust face?
*How did theses challenges affect the victims’ faith?
* What were the attitudes of the Nazis, those in the general public who witnessed the actions of the Nazis, the victims of the Holocaust, other nations of the world, and Christians during and after the crisis?
* How does a person forgive someone who commits atrocities against him?
*How prevalent is the problem of racism/prejudice and how is it affecting the present?
* Why do “holocausts” still happen today?
Included are day-by-day unit plan for the literary study and the research writing. The literary unit really keeps the students interested and involved.
Specific titles within the unit include: Introduction (Unit Abstract, Key Concepts, Essential/Guiding Questions, Specific Learning Outcomes, Time Requirements, Learning Experiences, Teaching Strategies/Instructional Management, Accommodations/Adaptations and Extensions, Required Materials, Holocaust Literary Unit Schedule), First They Came for the Jews, Night - Terms, Night - Character List, Night - Timeline, Night - Key Facts, Night - Literary Assignment, Night - Vocabulary List (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Hitler's First Photograph, Quiz (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), To the Little Polish Boy Standing With His Arms Up, Who is Responsible?, Frozen Jews, Night - Quotes, We Will Never Forget - Auschwitz, The Creed of a Holocaust Survivor, Aftermath, Review Sheet - Night, Exam - Holocaust Unit, Research Project, Research Schedule, Using Time Wisely Guidelines, Plagiarism, Possible Topics for Research, Internet Search Basics, How to Judge the Reliability of Internet Information, Helpful Websites, Checklist for Research Paper, Holocaust Research Paper Rubric.
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