Students will love this activity as an introductory lesson or summative lesson on the Holocaust. With escape rooms being a great way to include collaboration, this extensive unit allows students to "escape" a Holocaust Museum while collaborating on analyzing literary and informative texts.
This Zip File contains enough escape room activities for an entire class to complete in one day if each group is given separate sections OR for a week worth's of escape for groups of 6-8 students.
There are 9 separate activities included in the escape from the Holocaust Museum, and they flow in a countdown to breakout structure.
- 9 fill in the blank, warm up quotes on the theme of light and dark
- 8 excerpts from Holocaust novels to be analyzed including Book Thief, Prisoner B-3087, Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and Night
- 7 journal entries: side by side comparisons and matching game according to the theme of what a journal would look like in a week in 1940, if they were written by Anne Frank and Death, the narrator of Book Thief
- 6 poetry terms matching with definitions and examples from Book Thief
- 5 survivors: a brief look
- 4 concentration camps: a brief look
- 3 stanzas of a poem about hope
- 2 countries of note on a map of Europe
- 1 final thought about survival
Students will analyze theme, irony, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, imagery, symbols and Holocaust vocabulary while analyzing quotes, novel excerpts, images and a poem.
Locks and metal boxes are optional - this unit can be used by sealing envelopes and with little/no additional expense or with locks and boxes and whatever other fun elements you would like to sneak in with each activity.
No technology is needed for this Escape Room, but you will need some time to prep in order to cut items from each activity and hide them around the room or organize them in some type of envelope - feel free to contact me and I will share my ideas with you!