Content Area: English Language Arts
Level: 8th Grade
Reading Abilities: Students should be proficient in understanding the text with guided assistance.
The students will be able to use their awareness of what happened during the holocaust to create text-to-self connections and a better understanding of the time period.
Students will create a KWL chart on the Holocaust. They will fill out what they know and want to know before the digital story. The class will have a mini-discussion on what they answered and then watch the story. While watching the short video, the students will be encouraged to be taking notes on what they are learning. After the video the students will be made aware of the vocabulary words that are focused on and their morphemic analysis.
The students will be separated into four groups of five and sit together. The groups will be asked to imagine what their life would have been like if they lived during the Holocaust. What emotions would they feel? How would they deal with the stress and trauma? Would they write a diary like Anne Frank to document their life? Using the vocabulary, the students will determine if other scenarios have occurred in their life using a wider definition of the words prejudice and collaboration.
Students will create a Concept of Definitions Map. They will choose three of the six words and define, compare, create a sentence, and give examples of each word. In order for their understanding to grow, they will then draw a picture to explain one of the words to by using their imagined perception of the word.