Participants of the uprising in the Sobibor death camp.

Five-lesson Unit for Groups Touring the Holocaust Gallery

Guide for Teachers: Five-lesson Unit

Pre- and post-visit materials are available to extend the educational value of your visit to the museum and Absence of Humanity: the Holocaust Years.

These materials will prepare students to think critically about the issues they will confront during their tour. The post-visit materials supplement the impact of the tour with suggestions for class discussion and further inquiry. Available free of charge after you book your tour.

The unit includes:

  • Pre- and post-visit lesson plans
  • Gallery Guide: an Overview of Holocaust History
  • Vocabulary
  • How to Learn in a Museum (DVD)
  • How to Analyze Primary Sources
  • Timeline/Chronology links
  • Maps links
  • Expectations at The Breman
  • Evaluation

 

Five-Lesson Unit for Grade Levels 5 - 12

Lesson 1: Establishing Historical Context

Students will be provided with historical background on the Holocaust, and will learn about major events, people and places.

[ELA_LSV1, ELA_R3, SS_H4, SS_H6, SS_G5, SS_G8, SS_H5, SSCG20, SSCG21, SSCG22, SSCG6, SSCG7, SSWH17, SSWH18, SSUSH16, SSWH15, Information and Processing Skills #1,2,3,4,5,7,11, Map and Globe Skills #6,7,8,11]

Lesson 2: Viewing and Discussing Daniel’s Story

Students will view the film, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story (13 min.), and discuss images and statements that made an impression on them in the context of what they are learning about the Holocaust.

[ELA_LSV1, ELA_R3, SS_H4, SS_H6, SS_G5, SS_G8, SS_H5, SSCG20, SSCG21, SSCG22, SSCG6, SSCG7, SSWH17, SSWH18, SSUSH16, SSWH15, Information and Processing Skills #1,2,3,4,5,7,11]

Lesson 3: Preparing to Visit The Breman

Students will learn how to analyze photographs and artifacts, and review what to expect and how to conduct themselves during the museum visit.

[ELA_LSV1, ELA_LSV2, ELA_RC3, SS_G8, SSCG7, Information and Processing Skills #1,2,6,10,11,14,15,17]

Lesson 4: Visiting The Breman

Students will take a guided tour of The Breman’s exhibition, Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933 – 1945, and hear a Holocaust speaker tell his or her own story.

[ELA_LSV1, ELA_LSV2, SS_G5, SS_G8, SS_H5, SSCG21, SSCG22, SSCG6, SSCG7, SSWH17, SSWH18, SSUSH16, SSWH15, Information and Processing Skills #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,14,15,17Map and Globe Skills #7,8,11]

Lesson 5: Post-Visit Discussion

Students will review what they have learned about the Holocaust from their visit to The Breman, and will read and sign their Holocaust Portraits.

[ELA_LSV1, ELA_LSV2, SS_G5, SS_G8, SS_H5, SSCG21, SSCG22, SSCG6, SSCG7, SSWH17, SSWH18, SSUSH16, SSWH15, Information and Processing Skills #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,11,14,15,17Map and Globe Skills #7,8,11, Character Education]

 

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Polusia Rusinek, Sosnowiec, Poland.

Polusia Rusinek, Sosnowiec, Poland.

To hear a witness is to become a witness oneself. —Elie Wiesel