Lesson Plan


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.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Holocaust World War II Propoaganda Open Ended Question Short Answer Audience Author’s Purpose Point of View UBD understanding-by-design



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson is the second part of the larger unit on WWII and the Holocaust. Its focus is on coding non-fiction texts and helping readers become metacognitive about their own reading. Materials and links are included to make this lesson easy to implement. The lesson itself is a nice mix of direct instruction and guided practice and leaves room for independent practice as well. A gradual release of responsibility is written into the lesson as students become more familiar with the process of how to code a text.

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