Teaching the Holocaust

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What is the difference between prejudice and discrimination? Between collaborators and bystanders? Guilt and responsibility? Prompt learners to think critically about a very complex and textured topic with an innovative packet of materials.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into six groups, asking each group to prepare a presentation that distinguishes between one of the six pairs of words (i.e., prejudice and discrimination, collaborators and bystanders, armed and spiritual resistance, direct and assumed orders, concentration camps and killing centers, and guilt and responsibility)
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview all the materials in the packet, particularly the images, some of which are very graphic and disturbing
  • Follows the guidelines established by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
  • Designed as a shorter unit where time constraints are a factor
  • Establish a protocol for the safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
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  • The 60-page packet begins with a list of 10 suggestions for how to and how not to teach about the Holocaust
  • Each of the five detailed plans includes an overview of the lesson, a bell ringer, activity ideas, links to related materials, a wrap up, a materials list, and assessment suggestions
  • Also included are a vocabulary list, worksheets, graphic organizers, images, and a project rubric 
  • A link is provided to the USHMM website


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