Children of The Holocaust
1 Student Poll
Students will sit in a circle. Each student will receive a picture of a child from The Holocaust. These pictures can be found on the USHMM website, or through your local Holocaust Education Center. The students will make predictions for their picture which include the following: child's name, location, family situation, age. Once the predictions are made, students will discuss and offer thoughts and reflections to their classmates.
2 Research/Review of Matching Picture
Students will need to bring in a hard-copy or electronic proof of a baby picture of themselves. I allow my students to use pictures from newborn age to 9 or 10 years of age.
Using the USHMM archives, students will match their personal baby picture to that of a Holocaust child. Students will need to research and review the archives in order to find a match. I usually allow 2 class days for this activity.
Once students find a match, they will need one, final side-by-side picture showcasing both photos together.
3 Analysis through Writing
Students will use the USHMM archives to review and research the child which they have matched their personal picture with. The students will use Google Drive (Google Docs) to compile their findings. The students will read the story of their child, and research information such as location, age, etc.
Students will use the researched information to write a biography of that child. I ask my students to use MLA formatting to include the citation of information from the USHMM website.
For the final step of this lesson, students will create a Google Slides presentation. Students will showcase the side-by-side picture, information about the child, and their own personal reflection. Students will also share information regarding their thoughts and feelings about the way the pictures matched. (This final reflection piece, about the matching pictures, is the most powerful part of the project.)