Rapid-fire writing is a simple, highly structured way to get students thinking and writing about a topic. This strategy helps students clarify their thoughts by alternating between thinking and writing. It can uncover the thoughts and emotions behind our initial reaction to a piece of content, and it also builds the skill and practice of iteratively reviewing and revising throughout the writing process. This strategy is often helpful in both brainstorming and beginning to narrow the focus for discussion, and it can be used to develop a thesis statement for a formal essay or report.
Students draw on diary entries and historical documents to build an understanding of the complicated role Jewish councils and Jewish police played within Nazi-run ghettos.