Grade 10


ELA Holocaust Curriculum Resources Overview

In English II, there are two text sets available for teachers to choose to utilize in their classrooms to teach about the Holocaust. In each of these documents, teachers will find detailed, standards-based lessons provided that they can choose for their students. Teachers can decide which lessons and culminating activities to use to best fit the needs of their students, so a wide range of lessons and texts are available. Teachers may also choose to use their own materials to teach about the Holocaust.

Each text set has lessons arranged in four categories that follow a loose chronological order of events in the Holocaust: Understanding Identity and Culture, Rise of the Nazis, Life under Nazi Occupation, and Liberation, Survival, Justice, and Legacy. 

The recommended text set for English II teachers to choose is Night by Elie Wiesel, a survivor from Hungary. Many English II teachers already teach this text and are familiar with it, but many of the lessons provided in this text set are newly created, standards-based lessons that will help teachers prepare students for not only the English II EOC, but also to learn how the Holocaust impacted Jewish culture and identity. There are pdf versions of the book available online, though we do recommend that students have copies of the books to read.

You can access the curriculum resources below by turning the pages in the flipbook or downloading it.

The other text set available for teachers in English II is to use Rena’s Promise, a memoir by Rena Kornreich Gelissen. Rena was on the first transport of women to Auschwitz concentration camp, along with her sister, and survived for years in the death camp. Just as with Night, the lessons available with Rena’s Promise are standards-based and built to help prepare students for the English II EOC. The perspective of a female’s experience at Auschwitz also makes this memoir a fitting companion text for teaching Night if teachers choose to use an excerpt from Rena’s Promise to teach alongside Night. This text would need to be purchased for teachers to use in the classroom. 

You can access the curriculum resources below by turning the pages in the flipbook or downloading it.