Individual Responsibility and Resistance During the Holocaust
Lesson (printable) PDF version »
Student Handout and Teacher's Rubric PDF version »
Laura Pritchard, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Virginia
I have found this project to be very effective in prompting students to reflect upon what people did or did not do during World War II and the Holocaust. The lesson engages students in a manner that makes the learning enjoyable. They focus intently on the other student presentations. They ask questions that always lead to quite a few animated discussions. The compelling nature of this new subject material seems to ignite student interest. Even when I have done this project at the end of the year, the students remain actively involved.
The most common trouble spot for the students seems to be in analyzing the resources they used to decide whether the resisters were successful or not. Students may need some additional guidance from the teacher in those areas.
Using books and Internet resources, all of my students have been able to complete the project successfully. One interesting challenge has been that most students find so much information they have trouble deciding what to include and what to omit.