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The Holocaust was a dark time in our world history. It is an important topic to teach but difficult for students to comprehend. This packet contains 16 activities that will help students gain understanding of the events of the Holocaust.
Teachers can use the entire packet to help students build a Holocaust classroom museum. Or they can use pieces of it to enhance students' understanding of specific concepts.
This packet will fit nicely into a history unit on World War II. It can also be used in English language arts classes to enhance a Holocaust novel study. Each individual and group activity covers a specific aspect of the Holocaust. The activities are research driven. Brief background information introduces each concept. Students are then directed to research information about it. Graphic organizers are given with most activities to help students sort and analyze the information they find. Then they are directed to create a product for the museum exhibition. These products incorporate writing and speaking, as well as technology.
Included in the packet are:
* unit cover
* notes to the teacher
* 16 activities for understanding the Holocaust
-definition and timeline of Antisemitism
-understanding the definition of the Holocaust
-writing a biography of Adolf Hitler
-reacting to Nazi propaganda
-living in the ghetto
-motivations of perpetrators and rescuers
-motivations of bystanders and resisters
-other victims of the Holocaust
-Why didn't they pack up and leave?
-victims' experiences during the Holocaust
-experiencing a concentration camp
-experiencing a gas chamber
-Was the world wearing a blindfold?
-survivors of the Holocaust
-a memorial to victims (culminating activity)
I will be donating part of the proceeds from this unit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, to which I am grateful for allowing me to attend the Belfer Conference for Educators.