Basic Concepts

The purpose of the first two lessons in my course are to introduce students to the definition of the word, "Holocaust" and also to the concepts of Membership, Identity & Stereotyping.  These approaches were largely shaped by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Echoes and Reflections and Facing History (Lesson 2).  Each lesson is labeled by the amount of days it takes to complete in an 86 minute block.  Materials listed are only those materials I am sharing below, not all of the nuts and bolts (computer, projectors etc.) necessary to make the lesson work.    My first two lessons are:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Holocaust
Lesson 2: Membership, Identify & Stereotyping


Core Lesson Concept:  In this lesson, students are introduced to the definition of the Holocaust through the use of the definitions provided by Echoes and Reflections and a Prezi developed by Laurie Schaefer, a USHMM REC/Teacher Fellow and English teacher from North Carolina.  They are first asked to reflect on existing knowledge, then analyze definitions from USHMM, the Imperial War Museum (London), and Yad Vashem.  After this analysis, they are given a more in-depth explanation of the USHMM definition.


PowerPoints (Non Sequitur & Intro)

Alternate Resources:

An Animated Map of the Holocaust:  Great for introducing the topic in just a few minutes.
Letter from a Principal/Survivor:  Adopted from Facing History's Holocaust and Human Behavior Curriculum


Core Lesson Concepts:  In this lesson, students are asked to reflect on their concepts of identity and stereotyping, including their own personal identity.  The base of this lesson is based on materials from Facing History's Holocaust and Human Behavior course.  The activity on re-shaping one's opinion of stereotypes was adapted from a lesson created by Laurie Schaefer.  Finally, the lesson ends with a discussion of the Pyramid of Hate from the ADL via the Echoes and Reflections curriculum.


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