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Warsaw Ghetto 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.

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about the Warsaw Ghetto. Students will learn about the living conditions in the ghetto, summarize the uprising, and research some of the heroes that emerged.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson about the Warsaw Ghetto, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Warsaw Ghetto using content-specific vocabulary.
  • Summarize the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Identify heroes and tell their story.

Length

60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Vocabulary

  • deportations
  • exposure
  • extermination camp
  • ghetto
  • intern
  • liberations
  • occupied
  • resettlement
  • resistance

Instructions

Write down the word 'ghetto' on the board. Ask students what a ghetto is. List their answers. Tell them that this lesson is about a ghetto in Poland during World War II that might help them understand the word better.

Pass out Warsaw Ghetto: Definition & Facts to the students.

Read the 'What Was the Warsaw Ghetto?' section with students.

Revisit the students' earlier definition of a ghetto. Ask them to revise their definition.

Read the 'Physical Size and Conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto' section.

Have students complete a 5-minute quick write describing life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Give students an opportunity to share their answers with the class.

Divide students into small groups. Have each group develop a skit that describes the Warsaw uprising. Give each group an opportunity to perform their skit for the class.

Have students write a letter from the perspective of a person interned in the Warsaw Ghetto to a relative in another country that explains their situation. Use vocabulary words in the explanation.

Pass out the printable worksheet

Have students complete the worksheet independently to check for understanding. Grade as a class and discuss answers.

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