Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature in Middle and High School

February 6, 2019
Teaching Holocaust Literature

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Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature in Middle and High School

This workshop introduces Facing History's interdisciplinary framework for teaching the Holocaust through literature. In this workshop, we will examine ways to integrate primary source documents with different Holocaust memoirs appropriate for both middle and high school students that help us dig into fundamental questions of human behavior. We will look at unit outlines for teaching Elie Wiesel’s Night and Michael Gruenbaum’s Holocaust memoir, Somewhere There is Still a Sun to support educators to build cross-curricular Humanities units in middle or high school.By exploring the range of choices in the Nazi regime that led to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups, we can help students consider how this history can help inform our choices and responsibilities today.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn strategies for establishing respectful and safe learning environments for engaging with sensitive content
  • Explore high school- and middle school-appropriate primary sources, including historical documents, documentary footage, and first-person narratives that will engage students intellectually and emotionally
  • Discover new teaching strategies and classroom activities, including questioning and discussion techniques and support for argumentative writing assignments, that will help you incorporate literature into social studies units or as stand-alone English-Language Arts unit
  • Receive copies of Facing History resources to support these units, including Teaching Night

After this workshop, you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.

Priority for this workshop will be given to high school social studies, English, and Humanities teachers; upper middle school teachers are also welcome to apply.

Scholarships are available for Chicago Public Schools educators to cover all but the $20 registration fee, payable upon acceptance. There is no cost for educators from Chicago Alliance Schools.

Illinois educators can earn 14 clock hours for full participation in this workshop.


Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
February 6, 2019 - February 7, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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