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Ch 8: Teaching Holocaust Literature Lesson Plans

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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

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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.

42 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.

Life is Beautiful Book Discussion Questions

10. Life is Beautiful Book Discussion Questions

The following questions are designed to help you guide your students through a discussion about the book 'Life is Beautiful', a novelization of the Italian film by the same name.

A Father's Promise Lesson Plan

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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.

Number the Stars Vocabulary Activities

17. Number the Stars Vocabulary Activities

'Number the Stars' is an award-winning book about life during the Holocaust. Use the activities in this resource to enhance your students' understanding of the vocabulary used throughout the book.

The Island on Bird Street Book Lesson Plan

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Discussion Questions

21. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Discussion Questions

'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' by John Boyne is a novel about the Holocaust from the perspective of the son of a Nazi commander. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel.

Diary of Anne Frank Project Ideas

22. Diary of Anne Frank Project Ideas

''The Diary of Anne Frank'' is something all students should be exposed to, but why stop at just reading it? These projects can help your students delve deeper into the material and interact with it in new ways.

Night by Elie Wiesel Project Ideas

23. Night by Elie Wiesel Project Ideas

Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor who later wrote about his experiences at the hand of the Nazis during World War II. His book, 'Night', is now studied as a window into the life of a Jewish teen living in Nazi controlled concentration camps.

Night by Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions

24. Night by Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions

'Night' by Elie Wiesel is an autobiographical novel about the author's experiences during the Holocaust. This article is comprised of discussion questions about the book for the classroom.

Oprah's Interview with Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions

25. Oprah's Interview with Elie Wiesel Discussion Questions

Elie Wiesel, the author of the memoir 'Night' and a Holocaust survivor, was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for an article in the November 2000 issue of 'O' magazine. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this interview.

Night by Elie Wiesel Unit Plan

26. Night by Elie Wiesel Unit Plan

The 1960 novel,'Night,' by Elie Wiesel is the true story of a father and son's journey through two of the most infamous German concentration camps of World War II. This unit plan can be used to guide students through this unique text.

The Shawl Discussion Questions

27. The Shawl Discussion Questions

''The Shawl'' dramatizes the horrors of the Holocaust in relatively few words. These questions can help your students tackle the events, themes, tone, and meaning of this short story.

Maus Unit Plan

28. Maus Unit Plan

'Maus' is the harrowing true story of two Jewish people in Poland who suffered through the horrors of the Holocaust. This unit plan will help you guide high school students through the difficult topics brought to the forefront by this graphic novel.

The Devil's Arithmetic Discussion Questions

29. The Devil's Arithmetic Discussion Questions

'The Devil's Arithmetic' is the haunting tale of Hannah Stern as she is taken back in time to World War II. Use these discussion questions to help your middle school students process the historical context and challenging topics within the novel.

The Hiding Place Discussion Questions

30. The Hiding Place Discussion Questions

The Hiding Place gives the true story of a family that defies the Nazis during WII. Here you will find intriguing discussion questions to use with your students after reading the novel.

Life in a Jar Discussion Questions

31. Life in a Jar Discussion Questions

'Life in a Jar' is the tale of Irena Sendler and the high school students who brought her heroic story out of the shadows. These discussion questions are designed to help you guide your high schoolers through the key players and events of the book.

The Zookeeper's Wife Book Discussion Questions

32. The Zookeeper's Wife Book Discussion Questions

''The Zookeeper's Wife'' made a splash when it was published for bringing to light an incredible true story from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. A discussion on this book can be beneficial to many students in history or literature classes.

Parallel Journeys Discussion Questions

33. Parallel Journeys Discussion Questions

'Parallel Journeys' by Eleanor Ayer is the true story of a Jewish woman and a boy in the Hitler Youth in Germany during World War II who later met in the United States. This asset provides classroom discussion questions about this book.

Survival in Auschwitz Discussion Questions

34. Survival in Auschwitz Discussion Questions

'Survival in Auschwitz' is a memoir by Primo Levi, an anti-Fascist who spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. The following questions may be used for classroom discussions about this book.

Once We Were Brothers Discussion Questions

35. Once We Were Brothers Discussion Questions

'Once We Were Brothers' is a historical fiction novel by Ronald H. Balson about two former best friends who find themselves on opposing sides during the Holocaust. This asset offers ideas for discussion about this novel.

Night Chapter 5 Discussion Questions

36. Night Chapter 5 Discussion Questions

'Night' by Elie Wiesel is one of the most-read books in high school classes as students learn about the personal way that the Holocaust changed the way of life for so many people. These discussion questions pair with Chapter 5 in the book.

Rose Blanche Book Summary

37. Rose Blanche Book Summary

In this lesson, we will summarize the historical picture book ''Rose Blanche'' by Roberto Innocenti, which is the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II.

Rose Blanche Lesson Plan

38. Rose Blanche Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students cite text evidence when drawing inferences and identify figurative language as they read ''Rose Blanche'' by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz.

Maus Discussion Questions

39. Maus Discussion Questions

Maus is Art Spiegelman's memoir-style story of his parents' experience in the Holocaust. Use these discussion questions to help your high school students sift through the illustrations and text of this allegorical tale.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Activities

40. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Activities

'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' by John Boyne is a novel about the holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi commander's son. This asset provides engaging activities to support classrooms in studying this book.

Number The Stars Unit Plan

41. Number The Stars Unit Plan

'Number the Stars' is a Newbery Medal-winning historical fiction novel by Lois Lowry about a Jewish family's escape during the Holocaust. This asset provides a framework for creating lesson plans about this novel.

Teaching The Diary of Anne Frank Play

42. Teaching The Diary of Anne Frank Play

In October 1955, stage production of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett premiered on Broadway. This lesson plan provides ideas for teaching this Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play to secondary students.

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