Teaching the Holocaust in English

Lauren Tong
07th January 2019
Teaching the Holocaust in English

One-off lesson plans and activities to support teaching of the Holocaust in English

With Holocaust Memorial Day coming up, support the teaching of history in your English classroom with these KS3 and KS4 Holocaust resources. It's undoubtable that English and history go hand in hand when examining and analysing contextual features of literature. From poetry to novels, context is key to successfully synthesizing in english. Encourage your students to identify and explore links between history and language features.

'Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl'/The Holocaust (Workbook and Homework Units)

The purpose of this resource is to not only explain the historical context of the Holocaust, but also show the social significance it had on a personal level for the Jewish nation. The source uses the context of 'Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl' to explain this in depth.
The source has:
An introduction to Jewish Persecution
An Introduction to 1933 Nazi Germany
An introduction of the novel and it's characters
12 homework units based on each chapter of the book
By Teacher Lee

Boy In The Striped Pyjamas -Pre-reading

Two engaging and ready to teach lessons (ppt and worksheet) to prepare students for studying the themes in ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. This lesson introduces students to some of the key terms related to the Holocaust and then requires them to independently take notes and share their research with their peers.

This resource includes a Powerpoint presentation for 2 one-hour lessons (although in the past I have spread this over more lessons if required). For research, students can either use devices to access the Internet, but if this is not available I have included a pdf document which includes 16 sources that students can use for their research in class.

The topics included in this lesson are:

  1. Auschwitz
  2. The Jewish ghettos
  3. The Final Solution
  4. Hitler and anti-Semitism
  5. The night of broken glass

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By LikeAnExpert

AQA English Language Paper Two Comparing Viewpoints Holocaust Memorial Day

This double lesson encourages students to undertake a perceptive linguistic analysis of extracts from Anne Frank's diary using the features from the lesson starter to assist them.
The lesson then encourages students to compare writer's attitudes and viewpoints towards discrimination in Anne Frank extracts and extracts from Adolf Hitlers Main Kampf.
The lesson includes helpful tips on how to approach the comparison question and leveled sentence starters for writing a response.

There is also a single lesson writing included offering you 3 hours of lessons for Holocaust Memorial Day or non-fiction analysis, comparison and production.
By Charlotte201290

The Holocaust: Schindler's List

This lesson aims to help students to write descriptively, using a range of descriptive writing techniques. Students also learn how to incorporate the five senses into their writing. Furthermore, students explore social and moral issues such as 'swimming against the tide' and 'being different,' through the story of Oskar Schindler.

Informative and engaging, this lesson follows a clear and logical learning journey. Students learn to:
- Define the key term 'humane'
- Understand the story of Oskar Schindler, and consider the social and moral dilemmas that he faced;
- Consider decisions that they have had to make which contrast to popular opinion;
- Remember the five senses, and discuss why they are important to descriptive writing;
- Use the five senses to create descriptive sentences based on scenes from Schindler's List;
- Write a descriptive piece about a difficult decision that they have had to make;
- Peer-assess each others' learning attempts.

Resources included are: A whole-lesson PowerPoint, that guides the teacher and learners throughout the entire lesson, an engaging worksheet, a writing to describe help-sheet, and a teacher guidance sheet.

Note: I'm aware that this is a 15 film - however the clips that I have selected are not amongst the most graphic, and so I feel that the lesson can be used with students younger than 15. You will need a Youtube connection for the links to work.

All images are cited at the end of the PowerPoint presentation, and are licensed for commercial use.
By TandLGuru

Teaching the Holocaust in English

This comprehensive guide has been created to support the growing number of English teachers who wish to explore the Holocaust with their students. It provides advice on core principles for effective teaching of Holocaust-related literature, recommendations for texts for a range of age groups, and essential historical background information. For more free resources from the Holocaust Educational Trust, please visit our website www.het.org.uk.
By HolocaustEducationalTrust

HMD 2011 - English - Secondary

This is from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust encouraging students to explore the use of poetry as a response to Untold Stories and to create new poems based on the St. Louis case study.
By HolocaustMemorialDayTrust

Holocaust Memorial Day Poetry Lesson KS4 & 5

This resource is aimed at secondary school students, primarily Key Stages 4 and 5 and is suitable for use in English, RE, Citizenship or History lessons.

It is designed to be used on or around Holocaust Memorial Day, to introduce your students to the subject of genocide through poetry. This classroom activity can be a starting point for a greater scheme of work on the Holocaust and subsequent genocides or can stand alone.

The poems included here represent a variety of experiences from the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

This lesson can be a starting point to develop readings or performances as part of an assembly or event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in school.
By HolocaustMemorialDayTrust

Poetry of the Second World War

This resource explores Second World War poetry in the context of war poetry as a whole. It includes an analysis of Timothy Corsellis' poem &'Dawn After the Raid&'; and writing exercises to get students writing their own poems based on Timothy's structure. The resource supports Young Poets Network&'s annual Timothy Corsellis Prize.
By The Poetry Society

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