Holocaust lesson: What is the story behind this Gold pendant?
• Recall facts from the story of the gold pendant
• Summarise facts from the story of the gold pendant
• Decide what message should be shared from the story of the gold pendant
This lesson was created after reading the testimony of Lily Ebert on the Holocaust Memorial website. Any gold arriving in Auschwitz was stolen by the Nazis so Lily believes that her pendant is unique, the only gold to enter and leave the camp with its rightful owner.
Starter activity: Ask students to draw a large foot or around the shape of their shoe on a piece of plain A4 paper. Then turn the A4 paper over and fold the paper twice, to create four boxes. On the clean side of A4 sheet write the words, happy, sad, scared, message of the story in the four boxes. Feely bag with a pendant in. Images on the board – how an everyday item has an untold story to tell.
PA= pupil activity TT = teacher talk
TT: teacher tells the story of the gold pendant using the PowerPoint slides and images,
PA: as story is being told students are to record, summarise events in note form, bullet points or spider diagram points, words in the story that relate to sadness, happiness and fear (scared) Students should also look out for the message of the story. Example on Powerpoint slide 12 students record when the story relates to sadness, happiness and fear
TT: Stop the story at shoes; ask the students if this end of the story? PP: In pairs share what you have recorded on your sheet with a partner – anything same/difference?
TT: Share Lily’s hopes for the future and her message – what do you think the message of the story is?
Show SS photographs to show how ordinary those involved in the genocide where.
Perfect for History and Religious Education lessons on the Holocaust for Year 9.
Differentitated written tasks.
Adaptable resources editable for your use
Lesson graded Outstanding.