The Holocaust & The Bystander Effect Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the bystander effect that occurred during the Holocaust. Students will be able to describe the bystander effect and recognize how the Nazi regime encouraged German citizens to remain apathetic to Jewish neighbors.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on the bystander effect during the Holocaust, students will be able to:

  • Define the bystander effect and discuss research related to this phenomenon.
  • Identify how Nazis systematically promoted apathy and anti-Semitism.

Length

60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Vocabulary

  • anti-Semitism
  • Aryans
  • bystander
  • bystander effect
  • concentration camps
  • dehumanize
  • genocide
  • gypsies
  • Holocaust
  • propaganda

Materials

  • Copies of the worksheet, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Pens

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