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A History of Antisemitism and the Holocaust

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
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Common Core State Standards

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This lesson focuses on the history of antisemitism and its role in the Holocaust to better understand how prejudice and hate speech can contribute to violence, mass atrocity, and genocide. Learning about the origins of hatred and prejudice encourages students to think critically about antisemitism today.

After the lesson students will:

  • Understand the origins and history of antisemitism
  • Identify ways that antisemitism has changed over time
  • Reflect on the dangers of prejudice and hate speech
  • Recognize examples of antisemitism today, and how people have chosen to act in response

Standards

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

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