ELA – MIDDLE SCHOOL – GRADE 6 CURRICULUM RESOURCES
In sixth grade, 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 sixth grade for teachers to choose is The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. In this text, identity, hope, and memory are woven throughout the novel of a young Jewish girl who discovers her grandmother’s story through a unique experience of living it herself. Students will learn and understand the importance of memory and its impact on family as they follow Hannah’s experience. While this text is available on the internet as a PDF, teachers may find that it is more impactful if they purchase a class set for students to be able to read from the book itself.
You can access the curriculum resources below by turning the pages in the flipbook or downloading it.