Ch 8: Teaching Holocaust Literature Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

We've included expertly written and clear lesson plans in this teacher resource chapter designed to help you effectively teach literature about the Holocaust. In addition to lesson plans, you'll also find activities, book summaries and questions to help prompt lively discussions in class.

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

Our instructors are professional teachers who understand how to present this information to students in an effective and engaging way. Feel free to access these lesson plans at any time on your mobile device or computer for flexible curriculum planning.

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.

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: Teaching Holocaust Literature Lesson Plans
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Maus Lesson Plan

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.

Maus by Art Spiegelman: Summary & Analysis

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.

Maus Comprehension Questions

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.

Elie Wiesel's Night Pre-Reading Activities

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.

Night by Elie Wiesel Lesson Plan

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.

Elie Wiesel's Night: Themes & Imagery

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.

Characters of Elie Wiesel's 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.

Literary Devices in Night by Elie Wiesel

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.

Night Pre-Reading Activities

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.

A Father's Promise Lesson Plan

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.

A Father's Promise: Summary & Characters

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.

Number the Stars Lesson Plan

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.

Number the Stars: Summary, Characters & Setting

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.

Number the Stars Comprehension Questions

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.

Number the Stars Discussion Questions

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.

The Island on Bird Street Book Lesson Plan

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.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

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.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Book Summary

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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