Teaching the Holocaust in history

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20th January 2020
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Educate your students about the Holocaust using this selection of resources created by teachers for teachers

A collection of lessons and schemes of work for secondary history students studying the holocaust and mass genocide of the jewish people and other minority groups. Monday 27th January 2020 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day in which we commemorate the 11.5 million people murdered (6 million of whom were Jews) and the countless others who have suffered as a result of the genocide which occurred during the Second world war.

To support your planning relating to this tragic historical event we have collated a selection of resources to support you in teaching your students about the causes, prejudices, events and longstanding impact of the Holocaust.

Individual Lessons

Lesson Starters from IOE - The Holocaust

Lesson starter ideas for teaching the Holocaust. To use in addition to KS3 video featuring archive footage, personal testimonies from survivors and other material. There are testimonies from eye witnesses regarding the Auschwitz Orchestra as well as the story of Leon Greenman, one of a few British Jews deported to Auschwitz. The PDFs and audio are designed to stimulate classroom discussions on the subject. Secondary school teachers in England can register for IOE's free CPD programme and find resources on the website: www.ioe.ac.uk/holocaust

The Holocaust

Over two lessons pupils will see how percecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany turned into genocide. The lessons are straightforward and there are extra instructions on the PowerPoint. **Warning: The YouTube clip attached to this PowerPoint contains graphic images. Exercise caution when viewing or showing to students.**
By stuartcarroll1982

The Holocaust PPT with Supporting Resources

A PPT that covers : Jewish history Background, Reasons for Persecution, the Nuremberg Laws, Propaganda, Kristallnacht, The Warsaw Ghetto, Einsatzgruppen, The Final Solution.

The PDF activities cover the above in more depth plus witness accounts and skills activities.

Direct Youtube link here : www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyQFDfemLGQ&feature=youtu.be
By Phil @icHistory

The Holocaust: Lesson 2 What was life like for Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto?

A lesson on the conditions faced in the Warsaw Ghetto. Students analyse sources and record their findings in a matrix before completing a new paper activity. The lesson includes high-quality differentiated resources and literacy support. As always there are clear step by step instructions.
By PlanMyLesson .

New Spec 9-1 AQA Christianity Practices Knowledge Organiser

A quick overview of everything in the Christian Practices section of the new spec AQA specification. Useful for revision to give a overview of this part of the course.

By kernowre

Holocaust - Life in concentration camps

Pupils learn the horror of the Nazi concentration camp through the survivor testimony of Ben Stem. You might want to show the clip from Schiendler's List when the Schiendler Jews are sent to Auschwitz by mistake before being rescued by Schiendler. Slides 11 and 12 are for lower ability pupils who can draw pictures and then finish the 3 sentences, whereas more able can complete slide 10. Slides 4-9 are prisoners drawings and photos now from Auschwitz.
By quibey10

Holocaust What were the Concentration and Death Camps?

WALT: To be able to explain what the Final Solution was and its consequences.

MUST: Know the difference between a Concentration and Death Camp. SHOULD: Be able to explain what the Final Solution was, and the structure of a Nazi Death Camp.
COULD: Begin to explain the horror of Auschwitz by looking at a series of photographs which focus of the death camp of Auschwitz.

By W B

Holocaust: How did the Nazi Regime alienate Jewish people from German Society? (L2)

This lesson forms a SOW on the Holocaust. This lesson involves students looking at how the Nazis attempted to turn society against Jewish people, they look at propaganda, boycotts, education. There are challenge tasks to stretch and challenge the top end, whilst sentence starters are provided to support those in the lesson.

By j_leemosley

Liberation and the end of the Holocaust 

How should we remember the Holocaust?

This is a group task - pupils look at pictures of Holocaust memorials from around the world, the discuss and assess them against criteria. They use this work to then design their own Holocaust memorial which is then peer assessed
By mrdrcarter

Rescue during the Holocaust

This resource provides profiles of non-Jewish individuals who were involved in providing relief and rescue during the Holocaust. Accompanying lesson plans allow students to investigate some of the complex issues surrounding rescue and to consider the motivations of rescuers. The resource also forms one part of Exploring the Holocaust, the Trust’s cross-curricular downloadable scheme of work. For free access to the whole of Exploring the Holocaust, please visit www.het.org.uk.
By HolocaustEducationalTrust

How Should We Remember the Holocaust?

This lesson can be used as a natural conclusion to a programme of study on the Holocaust and as a focus for schools which wish to create their own Holocaust memorial. Using case studies of various forms of Holocaust remembrance from around the world, it encourages students to reflect on the nature of historical memory and how the Holocaust can be best commemorated in the future.
By HolocaustEducationalTrust

British Responses to Nazism and the Holocaust

This resource examines how both British institutions and individuals reacted to Nazism. In so doing, it encourages students to engage with the complexity of human behaviour during the Holocaust and cautions against facile judgements of particular nations as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This resource also forms one part of Exploring the Holocaust, the Trust’s cross-curricular downloadable scheme of work. For free access to the whole of Exploring the Holocaust, please visit www.het.org.uk.
By HolocaustEducationalTrust

Heroes of the Holocaust: Rescuers and Rebels

This lesson is an exploration of the incredible human beings who risked (and sometimes lost) their lives working to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. It is an inspiration from Philip Zimbardo who encourages us to educate children about the psychology of heroism. This powerpoint and collected resources aims to help students understand and be inspired by the incredible acts of bravery these people engaged with. I greatly encourage you to play the video linked to this lesson to students: it moves me to tears every time!

Learning Questions include:
How did some people act heroically in the Holocaust?
How did these heroes’ beliefs affect their actions?
Can you evaluate the motivations for people’s actions?
EXT: What is the psychology of Heroism? What can we do to help ourselves become more heroic?

Great for PHSE, Citizenship, Religious Studies and History. Extension tasks and differentiated activities included.

By DavidFew

What was discovered when the death camps were liberated?

What was discovered when the death camps were liberated?

This resource contains:

1x PowerPoint
1x Source Information Sheet
1x Video

This lesson examines what the soldiers discovered when they liberated the death camps. Students first reflect on the impact seeing horrendous sights would have on the soldiers as they were not expecting to see what they did. Students then look at sources to see what we can learn about how the Jews were treated in the camps and then question the reliability of the sources. Finally, students reflect on what they have learnt by creating a newsreel about what was discovered in the death camps. This lesson is hard hitting, when I taught it a number of students cried but were able to discuss the importance of learning about the Holocaust more after this lesson.
By matthew_nolan

Schemes of work

Holocaust SOW dh

A scheme of work lasting around 9 lessons covering the significance of the Holocaust. The assessment is a mind map that pupils can show the significance of the Holocaust and make links between them.
By ChulmleighCommunityCollege

Holocaust Yr 9 SoW

Whole scheme on the Holocaust right through from early forms of anti-Semitism to the way the Holocaust is remembered today. A range of activities and powerpoints that can be delivered over the course of a term or half term.
By johnrawkins

Holocaust SOW

Approximately 15 lesson Holocaust SOW (give or take, depending on whether you choose to show a longer clip from either “The Pianist” or “Schindler’s List”), including a SOW with LO breakdown, PPts and resources (mainly on Word, with one PDF). There are two possible assessments included - based on the new GCSE source questions and 8 mark question. Mixture of ideas, from fantastic things already here on TES and resources from the HMD Trust.

By Lizzie_Tarpy

The holocaust

A full unit of work exploring the holocaust. Eight fully resourced lessons are included, each with a variety of activities to challenge and engage your students. The resources are designed for KS3 classes but can easily be adapted into KS4 resources.
Lesson 1: Intro to holocaust
Lesson 2: Ghetto life
Lesson 3: The final solution
Lesson 4: Auschwitz- Birkenau
Lesson 5: Effects of holocaust
Lesson 6: Liberation
Lesson 7: Remembering the victims
Lesson 8: Revision of unit.

This unit is designed to follow on from a mini unit on Hitler’s rise to power which is also available from SIK Lessons.

By SIKLessons

Anne Frank resources

BBC 'The Diary of Anne Frank' Resources

Anne Frank was given her diary as a birthday present on her 13th birthday on the 12th of June 1942. The thoughts and hopes of this 13-year-old girl continue to inspire millions of people. Through a selection of lesson plans, students are encouraged to explore the wider themes raised in each episode of the BBC drama ' 'The Diary of Anne Frank'.
By TheAnneFrankTrust

Generation Diary Teaching Resources

Generation Diary is a multi-media diary writing campaign to be launched 12th June 2014, during which we aim to build the biggest ever digital diary over the course of a year. By doing so we will be encouraging self expression in young people aged 13 – 15 (the age at which Anne Frank wrote her diary), giving them a voice just like Anne Frank. We have developed a pack of curriculum-linked teaching resources to accompany the campaign including several power-point presentations and lesson plans. To get involved with the Generation Diary campaign, visit www.generationdiary.org.uk
By TheAnneFrankTrust

Writing in Impossible Circumstances

Produced in cooperation with Amnesty International, the Writing in Impossible Circumstances resource marks 70 years since Anne Frank began to write the lines that would become her world-famous diary.

This educational resource encourages students to consider a variety of human rights issues, including the importance of freedom of speech. Students are also challenged to develop their own sense of empathy, together with their skills in creative writing.
By TheAnneFrankTrust

Thirteen in 13 Campaign Teaching Resources

In 2013, we are inviting all 13 year olds to write a letter for the Prime Minister to tell him what they think would make a better Britain.Extracts from the winning letters will be published in The Times, where Cameron has also promised to write a response! We have developed a pack of curriculum-linked teaching resouces to accompany the campaign. The pack includes a powerpoint presentation, together with a selection of notes for teachers containing further information, curriculum links and discussion topics. To get involved in the Thirteen in 13 campaign, visit www.13in13.org.uk
By TheAnneFrankTrust

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