NEW LESSON PLANS AVAILABLE AT
There are two new lesson plans available on
the Museum’s Web site: one that allows for deeper consideration of
experiences during the Holocaust and one that can be used by area teachers
in conjunction with the exhibition on display at the Museum until June 5,
2011. These lesson plans can be found on the site as a part of the
“educator’s resources” under the Education tab at www.hmh.org.
“Beyond Anne Frank: Other
Holocaust-Era Diaries” was developed using the resource “Salvaged Pages,”
which is available as a class set in some of the Museum’s curriculum
trunks. This lesson allows for a deeper understanding of the Holocaust as
students study diary entries from other adolescents who experienced the
Holocaust. The lesson will permit students to consider gender and
geographical experiences. The lesson could be used by middle school
teachers during a unit of study on Anne Frank or as a way to begin a high
school unit of study on the Holocaust. The lesson plan includes several
resources that assist in incorporating the lesson, such as a timeline
specific to the lesson.
“Fragile Fragments: Expressions of
Memory” is based on the exhibition of the same name. This lesson could be
used for students on a fieldtrip or assigned as an individual extra credit
activity. The lesson plan asks students to tour this exhibition and
consider the viewpoints of the various female artists. Students can
take notes and respond to questions about how art and history are
interwoven; these responses can be used for class discussions.
LOOK FOR HMH EDUCATION STAFF AT THESE
- Dec. 1, 2010 – Texas ESC
- Jan. 21 and 22, 2011 –
TCTELA Annual Conference
- Jan. 22, 2011 – Texas ESC
4 Social Studies Conference
- Jan. 28, 2011 – Annual
Texas History Conference (Region 6)
JOIN THE HMH EDUCATOR DISCUSSION
Ever wanted a new resource to
implement in the classroom and wasn’t sure what would be best? Are
you working in your district to vertically align Holocaust curriculum and
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts
several online discussion groups for educators. These forums are
divided into groups for elementary educators, middle school
educators, high school educators, and college and university
Teachers can join the
discussion forums by registering at www.hmh.org/ed_discussion_group.shtml. Each teacher must register by
clicking the Register tab in the upper right corner of the page
before being accepted into the forum. Participation in the
forums will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask
questions and discover new resources.
Here are just a few of the threads
currently open for these forums:
- At what grade level / age group
do you think the Holocaust should be introduced to elementary
- What Holocaust-related resources
are you using in your elementary classroom?
- What are the top 3 resources you
use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in middle
- Should "Night" be taught in the
middle school grades?
- What opportunities / challenges
are present as the Holocaust is taught in both the ELA and Social
- What are the top three
resources you use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in high
Sign up today and add your thoughts
on these topics or start a new discussion entirely.
WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON RACE LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES AND
Most teachers probably have had students question how
the Holocaust is relevant to American history.
This interactive workshop,
"The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Race Laws,”
scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, will help
educators answer that question as participants explore the
racist ideologies that governed two different nations, albeit with
different outcomes. In this session, teachers will analyze the laws used to identify
and segregate minority populations, discuss the scope of these laws and
compare results of the laws. The day will involve many stimulus-based
discussions, lesson ideas, resource suggestions and discussions on how to
implement the workshop’s content into existing plans and programs.
Holocaust Museum Houston is a
provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State
Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.
The $15 nonrefundable
workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online by Jan. 26, 2011. For more
information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH STATEWIDE ART, WRITING AND VIDEO
In observance of Yom HaShoah, the
annual Holocaust commemoration day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust
Education sponsors an annual statewide art, writing and video contest for
middle and high school students in Texas. The 2011 theme is
“Holocaust Literature – Witness of the Past and Challenge for
Today.” Visit the student section of the Museums Web site at www.hmh.org to download the
OF THE MONTH
With words taken directly from interviews
with survivors of the Holocaust, "Kaddish" (www.kaddishproject.org) is
an innovative, engaging and inspiring new work for chorus, soloists
and orchestra by Lawrence Siegel. "Kaddish" is intended to raise
awareness and address the issue of genocide as an ongoing global crisis.
By using the actual words of Holocaust survivors, "Kaddish" creates
empathy in its audience. With its passionate story of the redemptive power
of the simple virtues of daily living, "Kaddish" motivates its audience to
take a stand against