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Children of the Holocaust

by Bridget Flaherty

After reading several stories of children who lived during the Holocaust, the students are to write a narrative from their perspective of how their life would have been like if they were a child of the Holocaust. They may choose to write it as an essay or as a journal entry. In their narrative they are to include; an account of their life before the Holocaust, what they endured during the Holocaust, their name, age, location in Europe, if and where they are hiding, a description of the Nazi`s and how they treated them, a description of their family and their family`s whereabouts during the Holocaust, actual dates from the Holocaust along with actual accounts of the Holocaust. While writing, they are also expected to pay close attention to their writing mechanics and grammar because their work will be graded and published in a class book. Through their writing, I will be able to assess if they understand the events of the Holocaust and how life was during the time period. The group work portion will be assessed by the notes they turn in. In order to assure each student in the group is reading along, they are expected to take notes on at least five different stories of a child during the Holocaust. These notes will be collected and turned in for a group participation grade.
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Depending on your students' maturity level, your time, and your sense of how the unit is going/has gone, you could introduce these texts, films, and other experiences to extend and deepen your students' understanding of the Diary and the time period.
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