Tomorrow, I will begin a new unit entitled, "Rising Up From Hate: Equality for All". My students will compare and contrast the Holocaust with the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. I will do this through the use of two books, The Diary of Anne Frank and Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.
My students have a goal to write and publish a book from this unit. I believe that this would be very easily accomplished, because the unit relies on self reflection and discovery. Therefore, a collection of essays and poetry with this theme could make for an excellent read.
I will begin the unit with Anne Frank, and work in Claudette Colvin later in the unit.
Ok...on with the lesson.
I will introduce the lesson with writing and discussion.
The students will have to write for 5 minutes responding to the unit title, "Rising Up From Hate: Equality for All".
Once they have completed their writing, we will have a classroom discussion on their responses to the prompt.
I will then give every student a copy of the Diary of Anne Frank, along with a KWL chart entitled, The Holocaust.
The students will take a few minutes filling in what they already know about The Holocaust or Anti Semitism.
Finally, we will read the introduction to the novel, The Diary of Anne Frank, together as a class. We will also review the chapters, and observations such as vocabulary usage by Anne.
The students will also begin a formal research paper based off either World War II, The Holocaust, Anne Frank, and Jewish traditions this week along with the reading of the novel.
I can't wait to begin the unit tomorrow!