This WebQuest was developed as a part of West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Educational Technology program for the Fall of 2009. As pre-service teachers with concentrations in English and history, we found it important to incorporate both aspects, which allowed us to create a cross-curricular unit revolving around the Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank.
This lesson focuses on the era of the Holocaust, including refugees such as Anne Frank and those who aided in the survival of those refugees. Throughout their project, students are forced to not only gather research, but also answer the essential question "Would you hide Anne Frank, risking your own life, or turn her over to the Nazi's, ultimately saving yourself?" introducing the idea of critical thinking. Students have the option of choosing one out of four roles, each of which is responsible for a different part of the research (refugees such as Anne Frank, concentration camps, persons who helped to hide refugees, and the Holocaust in general). Each group is expected to create a twenty minute PowerPoint presentation, clearly stating how they would answer the essential question, with supporting evidence found through their research.
Students should expect to conduct their research in a minimum of two hours after they have completed reading The Diary of Anne Frank in their English class (the time for the actual reading will vary for each student and on how you decide to assign the reading). Collaboratively discussing their findings and creating the PowerPoint should take between one and a half to two hours, depending on how much information each person finds throughout the research. Presentations of the PowerPoint should be at least twenty minutes in length, with an equal five minutes for each group member.
The multiple intelligences addressed in this lesson are:
-Linguistic Intelligence: research, writing, and speaking.
-Spatial Intelligence: completion of the PowerPoint.
-Interpersonal Intelligence: individual research.
-Interpersonal Intelligence: group work.
The cognitive levels addressed in this lesson are:
-Knowledge: Students should be familiar with basic facts and terms concerning the Holocaust.
-Comprehension: Students should be able to summarize the information they find throughout their research and put it into their own words. An explanation of their answer to the essential question is expected to be presented in the PowerPoint.
-Analysis: Students will be expected to form an opinion regarding the essential question, as well as pick out cause and effect relationships that occurred during the Holocaust.
-Synthesis: Students will be creating a verbal presentation based on their reading of The Diary of Anne Frank as well as their other research.
This WebQuest is designed for eighth graders to be used in both English and history courses.
Students will need to know how to conduct research online and properly cite their sources. Basic writing and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge on the program of Microsoft PowerPoint is expected.