Grade 12


ELA Holocaust Curriculum Resources Overview

In English IV, 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 IV teachers to choose is “Babi Yar” by Yevgeni Yevtushenko, a Russian poet who laments the lack of acknowledgment or memorial for the tens of thousands of murdered Jews at Babi Yar. This void of response by the Soviet government to the dilemma of how to remember what happened during the Holocaust is the focus of the poem, and students will learn how individuals, institutions, and governments chose to respond or ignore the dilemmas faced both during and after the Holocaust. This poem is available on the internet. 

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 IV to use is The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor, and Nazi hunter after the war. In The Sunflower, Wiesenthal poses a moral question of whether the perpetrators of the Holocaust could be forgiven as he shares an experience with a dying Nazi soldier who confesses to a horrific crime where many Jews were killed brutally. As Wiesenthal poses this question to the reader, the second half of the book details responses from many prominent people, weighing in on the question of forgiveness. This text is available online as a pdf, but we recommend purchasing a class set for students to be able to read. 

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