About This Chapter
Teaching Holocaust Literature Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find lesson plans and resources such as activities, book summaries, and discussion questions to assist you as you teach Holocaust literature. The works covered in this chapter include:
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- A Father's Promise
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
- Number the Stars
- The Island on Bird Street
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How It Helps
- Learning objectives: Includes biographies, summaries and information on imagery and themes used in these pieces of literature, giving your students a comprehensive understanding
- Preparatory information: Provides pre-reading activities to help get your students ready to read these books about the Holocaust with full comprehension
- Common Core: Meets all necessary educational standards, taking the worry out of lesson planning
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning Holocaust literature lessons easy.
- Use lesson plan outlines for the Holocaust literature topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related lessons about Holocaust literature with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Holocaust literature concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant Holocaust literature-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Maus Lesson Plan
Teach your students about Art Spiegelman's graphic novel 'Maus' with this lesson plan. Using a text lesson, students will read a summary and discuss the book's ideas. They will then create their own graphic novel panel to show what they've learned.
2. Maus by Art Spiegelman: Summary & Analysis
Art Spiegelman's ''Maus'' examines survival from two perspectives. The first looks at survival in the concentration camps, while the second is Art's struggle to live with the guilt of being the surviving son.
3. Maus Comprehension Questions
Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' is a compelling and important book that will get your students thinking about some significant issues. This lesson gives you some comprehension questions to assess their understanding and push their thinking.
4. Elie Wiesel's Night Pre-Reading Activities
Elie Wiesel's Night can be a challenging book to read. However, with these pre-reading activities, you can get your class prepared to learn and think critically about the difficult topics addressed in this novel.
5. Night by Elie Wiesel Lesson Plan
Elie Wiesel's novel 'Night' is a powerful work loaded with literary aspects. Help students deepen understanding with this lesson plan featuring multiple areas of focus, including theme, characters, and literary devices.
6. Elie Wiesel's Night: Themes & Imagery
In this lesson, we will explore three of the major themes of 'Night' and the imagery that the author, Elie Wiesel, uses to create them. The themes we will discuss are identity, silence, and night.
7. Characters of Elie Wiesel's Night
In this lesson, we will discuss the two major characters of Elie Wiesel's ''Night'': Eliezer and his father, Shlomo. We will look at how they differ in their reactions to the cruelties they are subjected to.
8. Literary Devices in Night by Elie Wiesel
In 'Night' by Elie Wiesel, literary devices are used to make you, as a reader, feel like you are experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust along with Eliezer and his family.
9. Night Pre-Reading Activities
Before teaching Elie Wiesel's book 'Night,' check out the pre-reading activities in this lesson. By accessing prior knowledge, building background context, and helping students make personal connections, you will set your class up for success.
10. A Father's Promise Lesson Plan
This lesson plan explores a fictional story 'A Father's Promise' by Donnalynn Hess. After students have read the book, they will read a summary lesson, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.
11. A Father's Promise: Summary & Characters
This lesson introduces readers to the story and characters in Donnalynn Hess' historical fiction, 'A Father's Promise.' We will learn about eleven-year-old Rudi's journey across war-torn Warsaw.
12. Number the Stars Lesson Plan
Use this video-based lesson plan to review the plot, characters and setting in the novel ''Number the Stars''. Discuss each with students, then have them determine theme, using textual evidence to support thinking, and create presentations to demonstrate knowledge.
13. Number the Stars: Summary, Characters & Setting
Lois Lowry's Newberry Award-winning children's novel, Number the Stars, is a well-known story about a young girl's experiences in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. This lesson will introduce you to the plot and characters and finish with a quiz to test your knowledge.
14. Number the Stars Comprehension Questions
Lois Lowry's powerful boo' is wonderful book choice for students. Use this lesson to guide you in checking comprehension of plot, characters and setting with questions for all levels.
15. Number the Stars Discussion Questions
Teachers, this lesson will confirm students read the book. Additionally, challenge their critical thinking and literary analysis skills with the extension questions.
16. The Island on Bird Street Book Lesson Plan
This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the author's message, and define unfamiliar terms while reading ''The Island on Bird Street'' by Uri Orlev.
17. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan
Help students navigate the story 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' using this lesson plan before they begin the book. Students will read a basic overview, then predict and prepare for reading the text.
18. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Book Summary
What was life like for the German children during World War II? 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' by John Boyne tells the story of life in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II from the perspective of the child of a Nazi commandant.
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