Grade 7


ELA Holocaust Curriculum Resources Overview

In seventh 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 seventh-grade teachers to choose is “Klaus Langer’s Diary” from Salvaged Pages by Alexandra Zapruder. In Salvaged Pages, Zapruder shares diaries of different young people who are affected by the Holocaust and their experiences as they live through turbulent times, in hiding and in ghettos. Klaus Langer’s diary is that of a young German teenager who records the increasing restrictions on Jews, the terror of Kristallnacht, and the quest of his family to leave Germany. The author, Alexandra Zapruder, has granted permission for North Carolina to use Klaus’s diary in seventh-grade classrooms, so it is provided digitally. We do encourage teachers to pursue purchasing the entire collection of diaries and especially the enhanced digital version, which has videos from the author and survivors to use in the classroom.

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 seventh grade to use is Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer. In this engaging book, students will read about the Holocaust from two different perspectives: Alfons Heck, a Hitler Youth, and Helen Waterford, a Holocaust survivor. The two perspectives switch every other chapter, sharing what each individual is experiencing as the timeline progresses. The two even traveled together to speak at schools in the United States after the war was over to share their stories with as many people as they could. This text is not offered digitally and would need to be purchased for students to read. 

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