This engaging activity will teach your students about the stages of the Holocaust during World War II either using direction instruction (lecture format) or you can “flip” the classroom and have the students complete the activity individually using computers. I created this activity with the goal of having the students “feel” the pain of the Holocaust victims.
The PowerPoint presentation begins with a review of essential vocabulary terms, the history of anti-Semitism, German/anti-Semetic propaganda analysis and information on the German youth organizations.
Before the students learn about each stage of the Holocaust they are given biography cards about different victims of the Holocaust that actually lived during this time period. They will incorporate this information into their diary entries.
Each of the seven stages of the Holocaust is then explained in detail using text, a film clips, pictures, maps and graphs. After students learn about each stage, the students are to write diary entries about their assigned victim using the information from the stage they just learned about. The diaries can be used as an assessment.
Several pictures of the Holocaust victims are displayed at the end of the presentation.
At the end of the presentation, students will learn what actually happened to their victim and write their last, often emotional, diary entry. If you want to pull on your student’s “heartstrings” this activity will meet your objective! You may want to have tissue on hand. This engaging activity is also common core aligned!
This purchase includes the following:
Detailed Lesson Plan
67-slide Power Point presentation
4- page Holocaust Diary Template
Holocaust Victim Biographies for each student/Student Directions for Diary
2-page “The Fate of the Holocaust Victims” Handout
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