WWII and the Holocaust High School World History Course
Introduction <ul><li>This unit begins to allow high school students the chance to openly discuss the horrors that the world was faced with during WWII. The ideas behind the activities listed in this unit is for the student to come away with understanding of horrors that the common man, woman, and child were put through. </li></ul><ul><li>Through seeing photographs, hearing audio of survivors, going on virtual tours of the concentration cams, and much more will allow for “us” to be a part of this horrible experience. </li></ul><ul><li>To end the unit, I have included a walk through the future. “If one doesn’t learn from history, then it will repeat itself,” (Holocaust Survivor). Therefore, I have included some links and ideas on how to connect the Holocaust to the current events in Darfur. </li></ul>
Learning Objectives <ul><li>All student will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Form their own opinions of the persuasion and/or propaganda that the US and foreign governments used throughout the media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World History- Era 8 Standard 5-Major global trends from 1900 to the end of World War II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US History- Era 8 Standard 3- The causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the U.S. role in world affairs </li></ul></ul>
WWII Posters- Persuasion or Propaganda? <ul><li>Students analyze World War II posters, chosen from online collections, to explore how argument, persuasion, and propaganda differ. A variety of posters is given throughout various sites (all links are provided for you on next slide). </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for incorporating this into your class and using your whiteboard include showing the poster on the board. Follow up with discussions and writing notes on the side of the board. Students can share their feelings on what the poster is saying, who it is target for, etc. </li></ul>
Links for WWII Posters <ul><li>This link connects you to a very detailed lesson plan on this subject. Reproducible sheets are provided for you as well as additional resources and links. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fighting For An Ideal America </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional posters that could be enlarged for the whiteboard are provided on this site. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce_For_Victory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This site is an interactive template that allows your class to work as a team to choose a poster, decide on the purpose, figure out who is targeted, and discuss their overall impression of the poster. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive Poster </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Another interactive analysis of war time posters is included in this link. The difference is this template focuses on the Uncle Sam.. I want You poster. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want YOU! </li></ul></ul>
The Holocaust <ul><li>A Holocaust timeline that supplies the viewer with images and descriptions in chronological order. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mapping the Holocaust in 1933 is provided on this site. This is an interactive map that needs FlashPlayer in order to view the interactivity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping the Holocaust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Chamber of the Holocaust- a virtual field trip to a museum that is dedicated to those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber- Holocaust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Survivors- this site has links to hear stories from survivors during the Holocaust. You need RealPlayer to hear the stories. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy - The Survivors </li></ul></ul>
The Holocaust cont. <ul><li>Audio Gallery- The immediacy of hearing someone's voice is a direct and personal experience. Some of the audio recordings tell of incidents related in the texts of the Survivors Stories. A verbatim transcription is provided to help the listener understand the speaker and a translation is provided when a foreign language is spoken </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holocaust Survivors: Audio Gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concentration Camps- a map shows the concentration cams throughout Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Concentration Camps </li></ul><ul><li>A virtual tour of Auschwitz through either QuickTime or Flash. (two different tours) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Tour of the Auschwitz- Birkenau Concentration Camp </li></ul>
Photography <ul><li>Using images to teach and discuss history has a strong impact on all of us. The following sites have photographs that could be used to have open discussions and/or lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>A site with tons of links to photographs of the Holocaust. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holocaust Survivors: Photo Gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holocaust survivors share their stories as well as their personal photographs. The site gives background information on the survivor as well as letters, stories, and pictures. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holocaust Survivors: Survivor Stories </li></ul></ul>
History Repeats Itself <ul><li>The famous question is, “When will I ever have to know this?” Helping students see the relevance is a vital and key step in teaching history. Therefore, when teaching about history, why not relate the past to current events. This section will provide activities/information on relating WWII to current events. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee on Conscience | Alert | Darfur | Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voices on Genocide- an interview with the co-founder of the Harvard Darfur Action group. Can be played on RealPlayer, ITunes, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VOICES ON GENOCIDE PREVENTION </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Videos on Darfur- National Geographic site offers a series of videos for detailed information on what is currently happening in Sudan and what has in the past. The video screen is small and the video shows advertisements prior to showing the video but the content is very useful and informative. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Video Series: Sudan, Country in Crisis </li></ul></ul>
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