Attention: Your detective skills are needed. The class will divide into groups to do research, explore different perspectives from the holocaust, and create a project. Each group will consist of four members who will work individually and together to create a holocaust memory book.
In the first phase of the task, group members will assume different roles of people who lived during the holocaust: an adolescent living in the ghetto of Lodz, Poland, a kapo who is part of a resistance movement, a Nazi Leader in Auschwitz, and an adult in Birkenau. Each group member will research their perspective role using various websites and resources provided under their role description. Guiding questions and issues are provided to assist in the research process.
Upon completion of research, each group member will write a journal entry from the perspective of their role describing the daily life of that person and the issues they dealt with during the holocaust. The journal entry should answer the guiding questions, as well as address some of the issues suggested on the role description page. Next, each group member will create an illustration to accompany the journal entry. Using, markers, colored pencils, and/or images from the websites, the illustration should convey the information described in the journal entry.
After creating the journal entries, the group members will present their illustrated journal entry to the remainder of the group, to learn about the various perspectives of individuals living in the holocaust. Upon sharing the journals, the group will assemble the journals into one book of holocaust memories. The group will write a short (1-2 page) reflective essay to accompany their book in which they discuss the various perspectives and compare them to the characters portrayed in Carol Mata's Daniel's Story. Finally, groups will present their holocaust memory books to the rest of the class.
This assignment will be graded using a rubric which can be found on the evaluation page.