Holocaust Educators Cohort

Join our Holocaust Educator Cohort (Grades 6-12) to review our newly-released primary resource packets that help students understand how and why the Holocaust happened. CEU Credits Available.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Central) | Sept. 13 – Nov. 15, 2022 

Cohort participants will receive eight curated primary resource packets with Google Slide decks for teacher instruction, along with student handouts and worksheets. The eight packets include the following class topics:

  1. 9/13: European Jewish Life Before WWII and the Holocaust
  2. 9/20: Antisemitism
  3. 9/27: Rise of Nazism
  4. 10/4: The Power of Propaganda
    No class on 10/11 in observance of Yom Kippur 
  5. 10/18: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust
  6. 10/25: Challenges of Escape
  7. 11/1: Wannsee Conference and “The Final Solution”
  8. 11/8: Rescue & Resistance
  9. 11/15: Aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust

Each lesson aligns with Minnesota Social Studies Standards. 

  • These lessons are designed to engage students in historical thinking and inquiry.
  • Students will use historical evidence to analyze and draw conclusions about how and why past events transpired.
  • A primary source is a first-hand or contemporary account of an event or topic. Primary sources are original materials, regardless of format. Examples include letters, diaries, minutes, photographs, artifacts, interviews, sound or video recordings/film.

These resources are generously supported by the Minnesota Vikings.

Why Primary Sources?

Truth and historical facts have come under siege both nationally and globally recently. Now, more than ever, teaching history must be anchored in primary sources that provide documented truth and evidence of historical events such as the Holocaust.

Not only do lessons that are rich in primary sources help to bring stories alive through the words, photos, documents, and artifacts of the individual, but they also teach students important skills such as critical thinking, historical thinking, and how to search for and evaluate credible sources.

Teachers are overwhelmed in the classroom and don’t have time to curate lessons that utilize primary sources; it’s a time-consuming process. The lessons and resources we’ve compiled are comprehensive yet adaptable should teachers wish to modify them to fit their specific needs.

Please contact Laura Zelle with any questions.

Join our Holocaust Educators Cohort

The cohort will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, February 1 - March 22, 2022.

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