Research Project - Humanizing the Holocaust using Pages of Testimony

Research Project - Humanizing the Holocaust using Pages of Testimony
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In addition to teaching our students about the atrocities of the Holocaust, we also have a responsibility to tell the human story of the Holocaust. When we teach the Holocaust, the focus tends to be on death instead of life. This lesson will give students the opportunity to focus on the life of one of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. I have downloaded and scanned 38 Pages of Testimony from Yad Vashem's Hall of Names database and designed a research assignment that students can do individually, or in pairs. In my classroom, I assign each individual student a Page of Testimony, and it is their job to research this person and what their life would have been like prior to it being taken from them. Many times, there is little information about the individual, which means students will need to research the area in which they lived during that time period and infer what their life would have been like. This assignment has two parts to it - one being a presentation of this person and their life, and another being a written narrative. After students are assigned their individual, I have them look that person up on Yad Vashem's database because they can see more information in English on the website. If little information about the individual is available, students should begin researching the location in which they lived, or information about other family members that might be listed. Included in this product are the directions for the assignment, rubrics for the presentation and narrative, and 38 Pages of Testimony (all have photos of the victim with them). I do have samples from my students that I can send upon request. The length of this assignment will depend on the skill level of your classes and how you want to use it. I've used it as a final exam, but given it to them early enough to get a majority of their research done, and I've also used it as something they work on over the course of several weeks. Either way has worked out well for my students.
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