This lesson is structured around a multi-layered wall timeline that encourages critical thinking about the relationship between Nazi policy, World War II, historical events, and individual experiences during the Holocaust.
Grade level: Adaptable for grades 7–12
Time required: This activity is highly adaptable and can be completed in 60 minutes or multiple class sessions, used as a point of reference throughout an entire unity of study, or have thematic extension activities added.
Lesson Plan and Teaching Materials
- Lesson Plan (PDF)
- Optional Worksheet (PDF)
- Timeline Extension: Non-Jewish Victim Groups (PDF)
- Timeline Extension: Connecting to the Path to Nazi Genocide film (PDF)
Teachers can access additional timeline cards for Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel on our Teaching Materials Using Books and Literature page. You may request physical printed Timeline Cards from the Museum.
- Years, 1933–1945 (PDF)
- Individual Profile Cards (PDF)
- Laws and Decrees (PDF)
- Historical Events (PDF)
For Learning Management Systems
This online lesson plan is compatible with learning management systems or web browsers for students to complete individually or as a class. You can use the PDF of the original lesson plan above as a guide. To use with your LMS, download the files below and follow your system’s instructions for importing files.