This unit is my favorite. The bundle includes: Two PowerPoints, guided notes, numerous and varied handouts, graphic organizers, projects, readings, review Jeopardy sheet, quizzes and tests of varied types all with keys, and video sheets.
The Victim, Perpetrator, and Rescuer(s) PowerPoint is a lot of fun. Essentially a picture is shown and the students have to guess if the person(s) is a victim, perpetrator, or rescuer during the Holocaust. After they guess, you switch to the next slide and it shows them the true person and a synopsis about them. (This is a lot of fun, one of my favorite activities!... the kids really get into it, too).
The WWII PowerPoint is the crown jewel out of all the resources I've ever created. It's comprehensive to say the least, but doesn't get drudged down in needless boring detail. It begins with pre-WWII events such as the rise of the dictators, their political ideologies, etc. and then covers everything all the way to the end of the war even broadcasting into the Cold War to come. In between there, you have numerous battles, events, etc. Obviously, the Holocaust, the European and Pacific theaters, etc. It covers KEY battles such as Battle of the Bulge, Stalingrad, Battle of Britain, etc., it does not cover tons of them because there's no curriculum out there that asks for it. Along the way you get all the usual great things in my lessons such as bellwork and discussion questions, animations, quotes, visuals, political cartoons, video links, etc.
It is neatly organized and flows well. Look for the asterisks next to certain terms, people, etc... those are there for students to underline/highlight for the quiz and test, which means you don't need a review sheet because it's all there in the notes!
The notes are concise allowing students to focus on the lesson. They also have built in bellworks and focus questions. Please note they contain the content, but not quotes, supplemental information, etc. Basically, everything you need without dragging the kids down in detail.
The project consists of a PowerPoint to guide the students, and a handout so they have both written and verbal instructions. Essentially, the students must pick a WWII themed topic to create a 'TIME' Magazine propaganda poster from. There is also a rubric in both the ppt and handout. But this is a neat activity where students typically perform well enough to put their work up your room!
One activity is an article that analyzes and compares the similarities between the Holocaust and what ISIS is doing... i.e. the psychology behind such brutality with a prompt at the end.
Another activity is a reading created by Ellie Wiesel a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize and was TIME Magazine's 'Man of the Year' in 2012. His reading is directed at youth and emphasizes education in order to root out prejudice and racism... he personalizes it directly at the kids and it's quite good. There's an essay prompt at the end of that one, as well.
There are other activities as well, but I'm sure you're getting tired of reading and want to find out for yourself!!!