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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Holocaust Survivors: Audio Gallery
Concentration Camps- a map shows the concentration cams throughout Europe
A virtual tour of Auschwitz through either QuickTime or Flash. (two different tours)
Virtual Tour of the Auschwitz- Birkenau Concentration Camp
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.
Committee on Conscience | Alert | Darfur | Overview
Voices on Genocide- an interview with the co-founder of the Harvard Darfur Action group. Can be played on RealPlayer, ITunes, etc.
VOICES ON GENOCIDE PREVENTION
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.