Unit Overview 

Students learn about the Holocaust through primary and secondary sources. They identify philanthropic activities within their own community and state during the period of World War II. They discover the role of ongoing philanthropic institutions and grassroots actions in their community today.

 

Service Experience 
 The students communicate to others about the work of community nonprofits and ways students can volunteer or advocate for issues they care about. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (9-12)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The purpose of this lesson is for learners to identify and evaluate the use of primary sources to learn about our past. They will gain an understanding of how to analyze the information found within a primary source and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Themes of philanthropy and philanthropic roles within the community in the Diary of Anne Frank will be analyzed and discussed. Learners will gain an understanding that they too have opportunities to leave accurate records of their lives for people in the future to explore.

Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (9-12)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The purpose of this lesson is to connect philanthropic acts of individuals to crises during the Holocaust, specifically the Warsaw Ghetto. Learners will apply strategies of philanthropy to current issues of human rights abuses. Learners will identify philanthropic themes of community building.

Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (9-12)
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners will construct a questionnaire as a needs assessment tool to determine the roles of senior citizens in their community during World War II. Learners will interview the seniors at a local seniors’ residence to obtain primary source information. Compiled information will be presented in a PowerPointâ type presentation and written accounts of residents’ remembrances of World War II.