Teaching about the Shoah: Project

shoah.jpgA colleague, who teaches history and geography, asked me yesterday if I was willing to work on a Holocaust project with her.

We would share the same class (a group of 30 or so juniors). She’d teach them history and I English. In addition, once a week, and for half the school year, we’d be together with the students and they would work on a project related to the Shoah. Finally we hope to be able to take the class on a day-trip to Auschwitz.

We are presenting the project this afternoon and then again tonight in two different meetings and hope that it will be accepted.

6 thoughts on “Teaching about the Shoah: Project

  1. Wow, that sounds like an interesting challenge! Can you write more about what kind of project it will be? Have you ever visited Auschwitz before? I was in Theresienstadt last summer, with my students, which was a very moving experience.

  2. My favorite unit to teach is the Holocaust. Granted my time is cut short trying to everything else the district asks me to do. I did get some great units from the Holocaust Museum in DC. The kids get into the topic which is great.

    Good luck.

    Oh, and are you in Europe? You said “a day trip to Auschwitz”.

  3. Good luck with this project. There is a program locally at Rutgers called the Master Teacher Institute which trains teachers to teach about the Holocaust. At the end of the year, they visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Visiting Auschwitz…wow. That would be very difficult for me.

    For more information and some readings, see:
    http://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/hrc/

  4. Frumteacher: It seems the project has been accepted. In fact it might concern two different classes with different objectives. Of course, I’ll keep you updated.
    Tamareden: I live in France.
    Leoara: I expect to find the trip very difficult but I also find the project challenging. I plan to do a lot of reading over the holidays to prepare all this. Thanks for the link.

  5. I lead the same project for three years in France also. A one day trip to Auschwitz is not a good idea. To visit Auschwitz and Birkenau you need two days. If i give you an advice, the best way to work with students about Shoah is to stay at least 4 days in Poland.
    If you want to you can contact me with me email, but my english is not really good, i prefere french !

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