ELA and SEL | Aligned IWitness Activities

Tuesday March 17, 2020

Topic/Subject

IWitness Activity
and Aims


Subject/Skill
Aligned Aim
 Enduring Understanding

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Memoir by Anne Frank

Synopsis:

In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Understanding the Nuremberg Laws

Introduction to the Universe of Obligation

My Story Matters: Othering and Hate


As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·     Explore the socio-political atmosphere of Nazi-Occupied Europe

·     Consider different stories of individuals who went into hiding to during the Holocaust 

·     Analyze the various phases leading to and through the Holocaust

·     Reflect on personal responsibility to counter hate

·     Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

The Children of Willesden Lane

Memoir by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

Synopsis:

In early 1938, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl in Vienna, dreamed that one day she would become a concert pianist. In March, her dreams were shattered. German troops took over Austria, her homeland.

What was the Kindertransport?

Kindertransport: "From the mother who will never forget you"

The German Invasion of Europe



As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·     Develop an understanding of the importance of rescue efforts during times of social upheaval

·     Consider personal stories of survivors and refugees 

·     Be empowered and inspired to overcome personal obstacles

·     Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

Night

Memoir by Elie Wiesel

Synopsis:

Night, narrated by Eliezer, a Jewish teenager from Sighet, Transylvania. In the spring of 1944, Sighet is occupied by the Nazis, who begin passing anti-Jewish laws. The Jews of Eliezer's town are forced into ghettos. Soon they are deported to concentration camps throughout Nazi-occupied Europe.

Journey Through Night

Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust

Phases of the Final Solution

Arrival at Auschwitz

As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·     Explore the effects of antisemitism, racism and intolerance during the Holocaust

·     Explore the socio-political atmosphere of Nazi-Occupied Europe

·     Analyze primary and secondary sources, such as videos, testimonies, and definitions

·     Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

To Kill A Mockingbird

Novel by Harper Lee

Synopsis:

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a small town in Alabama and emphasizes the emerging prejudice and class distinction as enemies of justice and truth as eight-year-old "Scout" Finch tells of her father's choice to defend an African American accused of raping a white woman in the 1930s. Her father's courageous actions make clear the violence and injustice that existed in that time and place.

Faces of Intolerance

What does it Take?: Values in Leadership

What is "the danger of a single story"?

Fighting in the Face of Racism

As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·     Analyze the impact of intolerance, discrimination and systematic racism on individuals and communities

·      Analyze primary and secondary sources

·     Explore personal agency in countering hate

·     Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

Forgotten Fire

Historical novel by Adam Bagdasarian

Forgotten Fire is based on true events witnessed by the author's great-uncle during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Vahan Kenderian was twelve years old when his home was invaded and his protected life as the son of one of the most respected Armenians in Turkey was torn apart. Though the first-person narrative is not sensational in nature, the horrific details are not excluded from this episodic survival story.

Info Quest: The Armenian Genocide

Politics and Place

Refugees: Displacement and Resettlement

I Am Somebody: Identity and the Armenian Genocide

As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·   Learn about the history of the Armenian Genocide

·   Be able to identify the differences between three sources of information on the same topic

·    Recognize the value of multiple perspectives on one topic

·    Gain a deeper understanding of about the lasting impacts and effects of genocide on the people through primary sources

·    Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

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