Social Studies 7

Unit 5: Genocide

Unit 4: Battles for Independence II

Unit 3: Battles for Independence I


Calendar and goals for the Unit 5: Genocide.

Enduring Understandings:

  1. The Holocaust, Rwanda, and Sudan were avoidable. Each event was the result of government decisions, the compliance of citizens, and the lack of interference from other nations.
2. We see the very best and the very worst of humanity during genocide. We see tremendous suffering and people turning their backs on each other. We also see people who fight back and people who sacrifice their own safety for others.

3. Living in a world where genocide is possible requires the courage to speak out against your government and your peers. It means doing what is right and not necessarily what is easy.

Project 1 - "Road to the Holocaust" poster. On one side of a winding road, students list, describe, and illustrate the following: Nuremberg laws, ghettoes, death camps. On the opposite side of the road, students create cartoons showing how many Germans rationalized these events: scapegoats, race theory, government laws, avoid the camps themselves.

Project 2 - ?Those who fought back? pickets. In groups, students research one of the following: King Christian X of Denmark, Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Sobibor, Hiding Jewish families, Treblinka, or Schindler. Each team must create an illustration, a written description, 3 symbols, and a journal entry excerpt (with SOAPS analysis?). Display outside.

Performance Task: Students will create letters to the editor and send them to local (and national?) papers. Letters will encourage readers to write letters to Congressmen regarding the continued genocide in Sudan. Letters must reference lessons learned from the Holocaust and from Rwanda.

This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.

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