GRADE LEVEL: 7–12
SUBJECTS: Social Studies, World History, American History, English, Language Arts, Holocaust and Genocide Elective
TIME REQUIRED: 1–2 class periods
LESSON BY: Museum staff
This activity is highly adaptable and can be completed in a single class period, used as a point of reference throughout an entire unity of study, or have thematic extension activities added to it.
Students will build a timeline in what we call layers. It’s important to understand that each layer should provide content, reveal meaning through context, and ask the participants to reflect on a new level of complexity. As each layer is added, new insights, connections, and questions will emerge. The goal of this activity is not to answer why the Holocaust happened, but rather to allow students to formulate their own questions about why it happened.