HM - Nov. 2016 - Harp/Karch/Savage

Classroom Applications

 

Déjà vu?
An Analysis on the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.


By Eric Harp, Rachel Karch, and Dalton Savage

 

Abstract
This lesson is an analysis on how the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis relate.  The students will use online articles, group collaboration, and graphic organizers.  This lesson is intended for middle-level students.

Course
World Geography

Grade Band
Middle Level

Essential Question
How do historical events inform contemporary issues?

Goals/Objectives
The SWBAT to compare and contrast the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis using a completed venn diagram as an assessment tool.

Standards / Habits of Mind
National Council for History Education: Habits of the Mind 1, 2, & 11
C3 Framework 2.C
National Geogpraphy State Standard: Geography 13
Oklahoma Content Standard 4.1

Lesson Plan
Step 1: Have the students fill out the t-chart on board. (bellringer)
Step 2: Split the students into four groups.
Step 3: Have the students read resources, switch materials when they are finished reading.
Step 4: Have the students work together on worksheets.
Step 5:  Fill out t-chart again, adding learned information.
Step 6: Have the students suggest solutions on Padlet.
Step 7: Have the students complete a Venn diagram. (assessment)

Assessment / Homework
Venn Diagram p. 4

Key Concepts / Vocabulary
- Holocaust: the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–45. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups;
- Refugee: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster;
- Migration: movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions;
- Push-pull factors: the push factor involves a force which acts to drive people away from a place and the pull factor is what draws them to a new location;
- Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

Materials
These resources were selected for middle-level reading:
 
Holocaust Resources:
Article 1: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~jonfeng1/thesisproject/ellieginsburg/questions/historians_refugeeresponse.html
Article 2: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143
 
Syrian Resources:
Article 1: https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria-turkey/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-syria-crisis
 
Article 2: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Holocaust-refugee-We-owe-this-to-mankind-to-allow-Syrian-refugees-into-Britain-415493
 
Worksheet for Holocaust: page 5
Worksheet for Syrian Conflict: page 6
Venn Diagram: page 4

Instructional Procedure
Bellringer:
Teacher will write on the board using a t-chart
What do you know about the Holocaust?
What do you know about Syrian Conflict?
Have the students call out information for the teacher to write down.
 
Lesson:
Divide the class into four groups. Provide them with the Holocaust and Syria resources. There are two different Holocaust articles. The Syria article is split in half. This is to provide material for each group. The links may be found in the materials section. Print out class copies, enough for each student.
 
Have them read quietly and independently for approx. 5-10 mins.
Have them switch articles when finished until all resource materials are completed. (Use a timer if necessary.)
When the students are finished reading an article, make sure they work together to fill out the group worksheet. There should be a total of four completed worksheets at the end of the activity.
 
Once worksheets are complete, have one student from each group write on the board using the previous t-chart, what new things they have learned. There should be a significant amount added and nothing repeated.
 
Discuss what was added and what the students might have learned. After the class discusses the new information added to the t-chart, discuss what solutions can be made using Padlet.  (Use the Holocaust as an example.)
 
https://padlet.com/
 
As an assessment, have the students fill in the Venn diagram at the end of the lesson.

 
Venn Diagram
 

 

 
 

 
Use this worksheet for both articles relating to the topic. Work in groups to answer the following questions:
 
Holocaust
 
What is the title of the article?:
 
 
Who wrote the article?:
 
 
When was the article written?:
 
 
What happened?:
 
 
Why did it happen?
 
 
Why did people leave?
 
 
Where did they go?
 
 
How were they treated?
 
 
 
 

 
Use this worksheet for both articles relating to the topic. Work in groups to answer the following questions:
 
Syrian Conflict
 
 
What is the title of the article?:
 
 
Who wrote the article?:
 
 
When was the article written?:
 
 
What happened?:
 
 
Why did it happen?
 
 
Why did people leave?
 
 
Where did they go?
 
 
How were they treated?
 
 
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