I'd see what the school library has. I teach English and "Night" is on the reading list for the school. I also used two documentaries. I actually found that my students knew very little about the subject.
Fitness Minutes: (1,006) Posts: 25 1/9/13 12:55 P
I've wanted to coordinate with the history teacher on this but haven't yet been able to. I've read several good YA novels about the Holocaust but have not had the opportunity yet to use them in class.
I would check with the administration first to be sure of how to handle touchy discussions and what to offer if a parent decides to opt their child out of the unit. Our school has a policy about parents objecting to a particular book. It involves the parent actually reading the book and, so far, it has never gone beyond that step.
I'm doing some more research on this as soon as I can, but there're some things i wonder about teaching the holocaust in the classroom.
First, i'll admit I just read deborah lipstadt's book "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory." Its gotten me thinking about teachable moments, but i'm still letting those simmer on the backburner.
I'm curious if any of you get to approach the Holocaust in your teaching and how you do it, or if there're any limitations on what you can show or talk about. As graphic a subject as this is, i imagine there're some.
I'm also wondering if you've encountered any students or parents that didn't want you discussing it, or anybody that "said they heard" that the holocaust wasn't real. Have you had that and how do you approach it? Granted the book i read was published in 1994 and maybe its not as prevalent (part of my research right now), but i worry about the same things as the author, as far as trying to paint the deniers as "the other side of the debate" when there is no debate--the holocaust happened.
I'm just curious how you have had to or would handle controversies like this or things you found helpful in lesson plans that resonated with the students. I've been to a few holocaust museum professional developments, but am curious how its worked in the classroom for you guys, too.
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