Grade 11


ELA Holocaust Curriculum Resources Overview

In English III, 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 III teachers to choose is the “Franz Goldberger Letters”, a part of the Americans and the Holocaust exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The letters include a persuasive plea from Franz Goldberger, an Austrian Jew, to persuade strangers in America to help him emigrate to the United States. The Americans who made a choice to help him showcase what lessons can be learned from the choices that individuals, institutions, and governments made during the Holocaust. These letters are available on the online exhibit and in a PDF format.

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 III is to use All But My Life, a memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Polish survivor of multiple labor camps and a death march. Gerda’s extraordinary story of survival ends with marrying her American liberator, who was also a recent Jewish immigrant to the United States from Europe. His story of escape to America and the loss of much of his family in the Holocaust is also featured in the lessons provided in the text set. This title would need to be purchased by teachers to use with their students.

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