People of the Holocaust

By: Amy Samuels



Students will work in heterogeneous groups of three or four to create a news presentation on an assigned group of people involved in the Holocaust. Groups will research information from a website to highlight important details to use in their presentation. Groups will use the information to create a news presentation. Each group will present their news clip to the class while the class takes noted on the details and important information regarding each topic.

Keywords: holocaust world war II


Students will analyze the impact of the Holocaust on Jews and other involved people by researching an assigned topic and preparing a news presentation.


Analyze the impact of the Holocaust during World War II on Jews as well as other groups. (SS.912.A.6.3)
Explain the causes, events, and effects of the Holocaust (1933-1945) including its roots in the long tradition of anti-Semitism, 19th century ideas about race and nation, and Nazi dehumanization of the Jews and other victims. (SS.912.W.7.8)


Academic Preparation

This lesson should be completed after background knowledge on the Holocaust has been established.
Students will need computer use in order to access the website (see attachment) for research. Each student will also need a copy of the attached matrix to complete during group presentations.


As an introductory activity, the teacher should display the word "Holocaust". Ask students to think about the word and compile a brainstorm list of what they know about this historical event.
After students have been given enough time to compile their lists, students should be asked to share their lists with a partner. If time allows, after partner sharing occurs, students should be asked to share their lists aloud to the class.
Explain to students that in order to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust, they are going to work in groups to research an assigned topic and prepare a news presentation. The presentation needs to highlight important details and information regarding the assigned topic. Students should try to be as creative as possible at getting their point across.
Assign each group one of the following topics: 1) victims, 2) perpetrators, 3) bystanders, 4) resisters, 5) rescuers, 6) liberators, 7) survivors, 8) children.
Explain to students that each group must have people assigned to the following roles 1) news anchor, 2) news reporter, 3) interviewee, 4) second interviewee.
After students have broken into groups and assigned roles to each member, students should begin researching. After research is completed, students need to prepare their news presentation and any necessary props. After preparing the presentation, students should be given time to practice.
Once all groups have researched, prepared and practiced their presentations, groups will present to the class. The matrix should be distributed to students before the presentations begin. Students should be instructed to take notes on each topic as the groups present.


Students will be assessed through their presentation, as well as their completion of the matrix.

Extensions and Adaptations

If time allows, students should complete a creative writing assignment on the Holocaust. They should be asked to prepare either a journal entry or a poem reflecting on their feelings and reactions to the event. Each creative assingment should include at least three details learned through the presentations.

Estimated Lesson Duration

3hr 00min




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