World War II/Butterfly

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Have you ever looked closely at a butterfly? Scholars use poetry, art, and research to analyze how butterflies relate to the lives of children in the Holocaust during World War II. They work in teams to create their own artistic and written interpretations of one of the darkest events in history. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Place photos of butterflies around the room for the duration of the unit to give impact to the poem The Butterfly
Classroom Considerations
  • Keep in mind the sensitivity of the Holocaust in dealing with middle school students
  • Group size should be no larger than three
  • Keep painting materials stored in a central location during unit
  • Resource contains differentiated instructional methods and assessments for wide range of learners
  • Lesson includes printable timelines, maps, and vocabulary lists for use in class
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