1) You are required to research events leading up to World War II. Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. After you have linked to the web site, click on the option that says, “Mapping the Holocaust.” Click on the maps titled WWII and Holocaust. You will answer the following questions on a worksheet pasted into your Spiral Notebook. (Assignment #1) All information is based upon what you have learned.

Questions (see handout pasted in your spiral NB)

-When did German’s invade Poland?
-In response to Germany’s attack on Poland what three countries came to Poland’s rescue?
-At the same time, which country occupied Eastern Poland?
-Two years after the first attack, Germany’s forces were victorious invading the following countries?
-In what year did Germany turn on the Soviet Union and attacked them?
-When did Germany surrender and WWII ended? (month/year)

-The population of Jewish people on Europe before the war was?
-What year did the war start?
-The population of Jewish people in Europe after the war was?
-What concentration camp was though to be the most brutal?
-How many Jews were estimated in being murdered there?
German occupied Poland had how many concentration camps?

2) You need to research people, countries and events involved in WWII. Create a timeline of your findings.

•    Use as many of the following web sites as you need in order to complete this task.
•    You need to have a minimum of 15 dates listed on your timeline.
•    Include a brief summary of the event and included images, pictures or words that help symbolize these events.

-White construction paper
-glue sticks
-old magazines or newspapers
-markers/color pencils

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 20th Century History
History The Holocaust
History of the Holocaust
BBC History  
Spartacus International
Anne Frank
History of Anne Frank 

3) Using the web, define the following words in your Spiral Notebook.

1.    Prejudice
2.    Racism
3.    Discrimination

Then, answer the questions below in your Spiral Notebook.
-Describe the perfect parent
-How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to go outside for over two years and no one could come to see you?
-Why do some people pour their hearts out by writing in a diary/journal?
-How would you keep your spirits up is a time of terrible hardship?
-Why does everyone need a friend to confide deep secrets to?
-What would happen if your family suddenly had to live in the same small apartment with the family next door?
-What happened to the Jews in Europe during WWII?

-Essential Questions:
1. What can we learn about Jews in the Holocaust of WWII?
2. Is it important for the world to know about the results of racism and prejudice?
3. Is it (genocide) still happening today?
4. What does it take to be considered a “hero?”

4) Complete the online anticipation guide for The Diary of Anne Frank. Just answer the True/False. In your spiral notebook (Assignment #9), write 2-3 PARAGRAPHS reflecting on the questions asked and your responses.

5) Read the play, Diary of Anne Frank, in the textbook.

6) Please complete the following steps:

    Step 1: Think about the Essential Questions we asked ourselves before we read The Diary of Anne Frank. Look back at your original response to these questions. Have your opinions changed?

    Step 2: Read Heroes and Teachers
Most people have heroes. Some heroes are great statesmen; some heroes are people who accomplished something important, such as a breakthrough in medicine or the invention of something, which improves the quality of life. Other people deserve to be called a hero because of their immense courage in spite of personal danger to themselves, such as a firefighter who saves the lives of people trapped in a burning building

Some people become heroes because a terrible situation brings out the best in them and causes them tot take action, at a great peril to themselves. Elli, Miep, and the others who brought food and news to the inhabitants of the Secret Annexe were heroes like this; they risked their own lives to try to save the lives of their friends. The greatest heroes become teachers who teach us the real meaning of courage and show us that true courage has many dimensions.

Anne Frank could be considered a kind of hero, not because she was fearless or saved a lot of people’s lives, but because of something she did just by being herself, a very bright and very vulnerable young girl. She wrote a diary which has touched the lives of millions of people in very important ways and which continues to tough the lives of people more than fifty years after her death. In that diary, she opened herself up so the reader can see every aspect of her personality, and having read it, no one could every again feel quite the same way about prejudice or discrimination. By doing this, Anne Frank, the schoolgirl, became a powerful and very effective teacher.

    Step 3: Think of someone who is YOUR hero. Name that person and list in your Spiral Notebook all the qualities, which make that person a hero to you. Make a chart and/or a cluster to brainstorm.

    Step 4: Write a paragraph answering these questions in your Spiral Notebook:
1.    Why do you respect these qualities in your hero?
2.    Is your hero someone you know?
3.    Do you try to be like your hero? In what ways?
4.    Does your hero make you want to be better in some way?
5.    If you could tell your hero what there is about that person that inspires you to be a better person, what would you say?

    Step 5: Make a collage of words, phrases and images that represent Heroism. Youcan access as many of the following website as you like for images, pictures, etc…

1.    81/2 x 11 inch white piece of paper (supplied by Mrs. Nicol)
2.    Magazines/Newspapers
3.    Printed images, phrases and words form home

Heroism in the Modern World
Images of Heroes:
Images of Heroes:


7) Culmination Activity
Having studied the play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” as well as other accounts of the Holocaust we have met many intriguing people. We have also examined the traits, qualities, and characteristics of heroes. Now you, along with your partner, will have the opportunity to discuss one of these persons in terms of their heroic qualities.

PROMPT: Although the Holocaust was a horrific example of human nature it also brought out the best human beings can be. In a five-paragraph essay, discuss how one person we have read about is heroic. Use specific details from the reading to support your argument.

•    Fill out the planning sheet for use to write your five-paragraph essay.
•    You have the entire period to plan, write, proofread, and color code.
•    You may refer to the textbook or any of the stories we have read at anytime during the period. However you must gather these items before you begin writing as to not disturb the students around you.

COLOR-CODING: follow the following instructions                                        

SCORING: Use the following check off list as a guide

(Rubric on Pg. 102 of DJAMS Student Agenda)
Essay Checklist:

Intro Paragraph                                         
•    Begins with a hook
•    Title and author with a significant statement (TAG)
•    2 to 3 sentence of important ideas
•    Ends with an awesome thesis statement

Body Paragraphs   
•    Begins with a topic sentence
•    Balance of concrete detail and commentary
•    Proper punctuation
•    Ends with a concluding sentence

Concluding Paragraph                             
•    Restates the thesis in an interesting way
•    Uses meaningful ideas to answer “Who Cares” and relates the thesis statement to today.
•    Does not introduce new ideas

•    Does not use “you”
•    Does not use “ I’m going to tell you” or “in this essay” or “I think” or “In my opinion,” or any similar phrases.
•    Make sure you have color-coded your essay correctly