Prior to utilizing the Lesson Suggestions in this site, please review guidelines for teaching this material from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the Echoes and Reflections Curriculum guide.
Please also see Nebraska Stories of Humanity Pedagogy section for Nebraska English Language Arts and Social Studies Standards.
Developed by the educational teams at History Nebraska and BLIXT, this one-period classroom lesson provides an introduction to archival materials and engages students in the analysis of a letter from the Nebraska Stories of Humanity collection.
The following lessons, based on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (2013), include the C3 Teachers Inquiry Design Model (IDM), and have been developed by seasoned Nebraska educators who have taught the Holocaust and other genocides in their Social Studies and English Language Arts classrooms for many years. These lessons are part of the learning process to engage students in making real-world connections through exploration and inquiry using the website content.
Suggested for High School English Language Arts or Social Studies classes and can be considered for Middle School. This inquiry is expected to take three or four 50-minute class periods. The Inquiry format allows for a broader experience in understanding correspondence during the war.
Suggested for High School Social Studies or English Language Arts classes or a Holocaust unit with extended class time availability, particularly when including the inquiry “Summative Performance Tasks” and “Taking Informed Action” activities.
Suggested for High School Social Studies classes or a Holocaust unit with extended class time availability, particularly when including the inquiry “Summative Performance Tasks” and “Taking Informed Action” activities.