This lesson is the first in a larger unit on World War II and the Holocaust. Our shared text for this unit is Elie Wiesel's Night. Students will also be working in literature circles, however, to read books from this period on their own. Our strategy focus is writing responses to short-answer questions. Students will also discuss propaganda, audience, purpose, and point of view.

In today's lesson, students have the opportunity to explore the unit calendar and syllabus. Students then activate their prior knowledge about World War II with an article from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Encyclopedia.

In this folder, you will find a detailed lesson plan, editable student worksheet, transparency of student notes, student syllabus and calendar, and a link to today's article.

This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.

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This lesson is the first in a larger unit on World War II and the Holocaust. Our shared text for this unit is Elie Wiesel's Night. Students will also be working in literature circles, however, to read books from this period on their own. Our strategy focus is writing responses to short-answer questions. Students will also discuss propaganda, audience, purpose, and point of view. In today's lesson, students have the opportunity to explore the unit calendar and syllabus. Students then activate their prior knowledge about World War II with an article from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Encyclopedia. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - Student Worksheet

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This worksheet is for use with Lesson One of the World War II and the Holocaust unit. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - Overhead Transparency

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This overhead transparency of completed students notes is for use with Lesson 1 in the World War II and the Holocaust unit. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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Students will read "World War II in Europe," an encyclopedia article published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, to build their background knowledge on World War II and the Holocaust. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - Parent Letter

by Chelsea Nilsson

Send this letter home with students so that guardians are aware of the unit project. Students should return the letter, signed by their guardians, for your safe-keeping. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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Attached you will find a syllabus for student use along with a description of the unit project. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - Unit Calendar

by Chelsea Nilsson

You may wish to share this calendar with students so that they can track their progress throughout the unit and keep track of important dates. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - Glossary

by Chelsea Nilsson

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. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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1 - World War II Maps

by Chelsea Nilsson

This link takes you to a mapping resource within the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Encyclopedia. You may wish to print some of these useful maps for student reference. This resource is part of the World War II and the Holocaust Unit collection.
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