The "United States Holocaust Memorial Meuseum" in Washington DC provides a comprehensive guide for Teachers who are just starting in on teaching a lesson or unit on the Holocaust. Advice, strategies and examples of questions that young students might ask with answers are provided. This is an invaluable resource to newcomers. This website also offers many other priceless resources, including interactive informaation.
Exactly what it says, this is a list of 38 inquieries about what happened during the Holocaust. It is great to use as an Introduction, as well as a review of important facts throughout the lessons, and students can use these facts when creating their own research projects. It will help to break down the complex issues that students might have a hard time understanding the gravity of at first.
Explore these excellent Holocaust-focused activities carefully designed specifically with Middle School students in mind. They are simple projects that also convey the truth about the Holocaust. These activities are engaging and help students work in groups, which is extremely helpful when focusing on the Holocaust as students can support each other both academically and emotionally.
Take a rare glimpse into the lives of several Holocaust survivors who were also children during the Holocaust. An extremely sobering and eye-opening video, and one that should be taken with careful consideration by any Middle School Teacher, but that shouldn't be dismissed. Any teacher showing this video should be careful to explain that some of what they say and will see will be tough to hear. Counselors should be notified that this video will be shown, as well as parents.
Listen to one teacher's brief summary of the Holocaust with only one potentially "graphic" image of concentration camp prisoners. It explains in a few words what the Holocaust is, how it started, why it happened, and what Hitler did to the Jews. It gives the facts with honesty but also keeping in mind the age group being worked with. It is a lot for middle school students (if they have not heard of the Holocaust) to learn of the approximately 6 million Jews who were killed.