Subject: Social Studies
Lesson Length: 55 - 60 mins
Topic: The Jewish Plight During the Interwar Years
Grade Level: 7
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will learn about discrimination, prejudice, and the attempted genocide of Jewish people during the Holocaust and the years leading up to WWII.
Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with the terms discrimination, prejudice, and genocide.
Show students this short video of Holocaust survivors talking about their liberation from a concentration camp at the end of WWII.
Reflect and discuss as a class.
Read and discuss the sample comic. Highlight that the atrocities of WWII began before the war.
Discuss the term othering in relation to the treatment of the Jewish people during WWII.
- Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic describing an event, or act of discrimination, that led to the genocide of Jewish people in WWII Germany.
- Comics should include:
- A description of the event.
- The significance of the event.
- Key players in the event.
- The date and place of the event.
- Possible examples:
- Concentration camps established
- Nuremberg Laws
Read and discuss the finished student comics.
Discuss how small events can lead to a large event.
If printed, students can add their finished comics to a class timeline.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
- Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
- Assign specific events to students.