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Unit 5: Genocide

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This is a unit for 7th grade social studies.

Lessons include:

  • Sources of Nazism
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • Nuremberg Laws
  • World War II and Death Camps
  • Genocide
  • Schindler's List
  • Rwanda
  • Darfur
Unit resources include quizzes and seminar materials.

This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.

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5.0 Genocide Unit Plan

by Robert Lucas

Calendar and goals for the Unit 5: Genocide. Enduring Understandings: 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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Blank tracking sheet. Students add each of the unit goals as you reach them. You can check each goal off when they have mastered it. This can also be used as a table of contents at the front of student binders. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This file is a powerpoint, but you're supposed to print it out and post the goals and essential questions around the room for the course of the unit, in accordance with the curriculum principles of Understanding by Design.
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A 133 page PDF file from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is best resource I know of for teaching the Holocaust. Check out the rest of their website, too. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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The reading provides background on the sources of Nazism, and students work with partners to create mini-posters illustrating the causes. Objective: 1) I will be able to describe the economic, historical, and cultural situation that gave rise to Nazism in Germany. Essential Question: "When can it be easier to blame someone else for your own problems?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Do Now: reviews previous lesson. Classwork: Reading and partner activity on the rise of Hitler. Classwork 2: Introduction of the 'P' in the SOAPS primary source protocol, Purpose. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Reading and partner comprehension activity on persecution of Jews in pre-war Germany under the Nuremberg Laws. Also, a meeting in Think Tank groups, and homework (making flashcards) for the week. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 5.4 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

Quiz on the first 3 objectives of the Genocide unit. Also, a Do Now and materials for a charades activity. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Do Now, reading, partner activity, and homework on World War Two death camps. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students do a little project where they write thought bubbles by pictures of Nazis imagining how they might rationalize different events in the Holocaust. Objective: 4) I will be able to analyze the changes in the Nazi?s treatment of Jews and other minorities that came with World War II. Essential Question: "Who is worse: the man who beats his wife or the neighbor who hears it and says nothing?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students meet in groups, read passages about cases of resistance to the Holocaust and then create picket signs to represent their case. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students finish projects from the day before, then evaluate themselves and their group's work. Objective: 5) I will be able to analyze the different ways in which people resisted the Nazis. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students watch selections from Schindler's List and complete a viewing guide. Unfortunately, the questions are given but the selections aren't listed. If you use this lesson and figure it out, let us know. Objective: 6. I will be able to analyze the ways in which Jews and non-Jews responded to life in the ghettos, the concentration camps, and the death camps by watching selections from Schindler's List. Essential Question: "What do you do when the law itself is unjust and dangerous?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Reading and comprehension activity on the Rwandan genocide. Objective: 7) I will be able to analyze the origin of the conflict between ethnic groups in Rwanda and describe the genocide that followed. Essential Question: "If you make a terrible mistake, will you make it again?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students watch scenes from Hotel Rwanda and answer questions. Unfortunately, the scenes aren't listed. If you can figure it out, please add them. Objective: 7. I will be able to analyze the origin of the conflict between ethnic groups in Rwanda and describe the genocide that followed. Essential Question: "If you make a terrible mistake, will you make it again?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 5.12 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

Quiz day on genocide. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Finish watching Hotel Rwanda, meet in Think Tanks, evaluate own and group's performance. Objective: 7) I will be able to analyze the origin of the conflict between ethnic groups in Rwanda and describe the genocide that followed. Essential Question: "If you make a terrible mistake, will you make it again?" This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about the Darfur genocide and complete a comprehension activity with partners. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students brainstorm for a letter to the editor regarding the Darfur genocide, according to a provided format. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 5.15 ran long, so we used this day to catch up and start drafting the Letters to the Editor. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students edit their Letters to the Editor on Darfur and then write final drafts. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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The day before the seminar on Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank. This lesson reviews techniques from the last discussion, adds some new ones (extending the discussion, rather than just responding) and adds the Anne Frank text to the Elie Wiesel one, which has been introduced in the homework of the past few days. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Worksheets, rubrics, reflection sheets, etc. for the seminar on Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank. This resource is part of Unit 5: Genocide and the Social Studies 7 course.
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