This is a collection of resources for teaching about the Holocaust. Some of the highlights include an activity in which students complete a number of tasks to personalize the experience of what it would be like to live in a secret annex, a project in which students learn about different events during the Holocaust and create memory books, and an assignment that guides students through learning about the resistance movement and creating picket signs as a culminating activity. Overall, a good source of curriculum for any teacher that is covering the Holocaust.
Some students find it difficult to empathize with and relate to the situation of the Franks and other Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe. These activities help students to imagine themselves in Anne's position and thus engage more deeply with the text. They also offer opportunities for engaging with the text that go beyond reading, writing responses to the reading, and discussing: here students may imagine, visualize and draw, write letters and diary entries, tell stories, and engage with peers and partners to put themselves in Anne's shoes.
These mini-assignments can be used as stand-alone classwork and homework assignments, but I have also used them as a collection of assignments that culminate in a project I call the "Escape Plan." You will see, as you read through the assignments I created, how you could combine these assignments into a project.
This link will take you to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's glossary. You may wish to print this resource for students to use as they read. You may also wish to make it available online for students if possible; the recorded pronunciations are very helpful.
The reading provides background on the sources of Nazism, and students work with partners to create mini-posters illustrating the causes.
1) I will be able to describe the economic, historical, and cultural situation that gave rise to Nazism in Germany.
Essential Question: "When can it be easier to blame someone else for your own problems?"