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Lesson Plans

Museum Initiatives

These lessons complement Museum exhibitions and resources that explore specific historical themes. The Museum’s thematic initiatives further our understanding about how and why the Holocaust happened and help to illustrate its relevance today.

Redefining How We Teach Propaganda

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, English, Political Science, Media Literacy, Information Literacy, Citizenship and Civic Education, Journalism, Social Justice, Holocaust Studies

Deconstructing the Familiar: Photo Activity

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, American History, European History, Language Arts, Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies

Permanent Exhibition

Museum staff developed these lessons to supplement a visit to the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, but they may also be used in the classroom.

Photo Narrative Activity

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: Social Studies, World History, American History, English, Language Arts, Holocaust and Genocide Elective

Timeline Activity

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: Social Studies, World History, American History, English, Language Arts, Holocaust and Genocide Elective

Who Is Responsible When Genocide Occurs?

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, American History, European History, Genocide Studies, Social Justice

Learning from the Early Stages of the Holocaust

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, American History, European History, Genocide Studies, Social Justice

Organizing the History

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, American History, Holocaust Elective

Why Did Germans Vote for the Nazi Party?

Grade level: 7–12
Subjects: World History, US History, European History, Political Science, Citizenship, Holocaust Studies

Belfer Exemplary Lesson Initiative

Classroom teachers developed the following lessons as part of the Belfer Exemplary Lesson Initiative, with the support of the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Foundation. Though each lesson was originally intended to be part of a more extensive study of the Holocaust (3–12 weeks), teachers can adapt them to meet the particular needs of their classrooms.

Pre-World War II European Jewish Life Photo Project

Grade level: 10–12
Subject: English Elective (Holocaust Studies)

Individual Responsibility and Resistance during the Holocaust

Grade level: 10
Subjects: English, History, Holocaust Elective

Rethinking Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Rescuers

Grade level: 9–12
Subject: English Elective (Holocaust: The Results of Hatred)

Bringing the Holocaust Unit to Closure: Implications for the Future

Grade level: 10–12
Subjects: World History since 1500, AP European History