History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust

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Educators, students, and other citizen historians across America are helping the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum discover how their local newspapers covered the Nazi threat in the 1930s and 1940s, how Americans reacted, and what it means for us today. You and your students can participate in authentic project-based learning through hands-on research using historic newspapers found online or in a local library, then share what you discover with the larger community.  Student discoveries become part of a new national research database to be used by historians, curators, and the public.

Help your students make history! It’s easy to use History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust in your classroom:

The lesson plan can be adapted for Social Studies, History, English, and Journalism curricula at the middle, high school, and college levels. Museum staff are available to answer your questions. Contact David Klevan at [email protected].

With History Unfolded, students can…

  • Contribute to a national effort to build a research archive.
  • Analyze and evaluate primary sources.
  • Learn critical thinking, close reading, and media literacy skills.

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Lesson Plan
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Lesson tags: 
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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