Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the novel Night by Elie Wiesel. The story is a stirring and very emotional personal recollection of the Holocaust. This unit will focus on your reactions to the book and connecting the information from the text to make it as current as possible.
Rationale: Covering a book such as Night is a daunting task. There is a wealth of information on World War II and the Holocaust. The trick, however, is that we have to uncover the true, factual information to engage in a thorough and current study of the atrocities during World War II. Therefore, this introductory assignment will provide you with an extensive array of background knowledge to complete our study.
Your Task: Below you will find several activities which cover different aspects of the Holocaust, World War II, and Jews in Germany. All of the activities are sequenced accordingly, and it is important that you complete each activity in order. Some of the activities require you to answer questions, take notes, and watch videos. When the assignment is due, you may have a comprehensive quiz on all of the information covered in this Webquest. Your quiz grade will be based on your comprehension of the material and your ability to stay on task and complete the information either in class, at home, or on your own time. Some of the tasks will require you to watch videos. While completing these tasks, please use your headphones so you do not disturb others in the class.
Final note: Studying the Holocaust is an emotionally draining experience. However, this is an essential part of your education as young adults. We need to remember this information. We need to not forget the experiences of others. If we do, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of those who came before us. Approach this information with maturity and thoughtfulness. Our future, as a society, depends on your ability to remember and pass on this essential history.
Note sheet for this activity. When you open this, please right click on the link and open in a new window. You may type your answers on this sheet or hand write them. The choice is yours. The information on the quiz will be taken directly from this note sheet. Answer all questions thoroughly and in complete sentences!
When you click on any of the links, please right click and open in a new window. This will make sure that the assignment page remains open while you complete the tasks on different sites.
Please visit this site which provides an overview of the Holocaust. While on the site, please click on the "start" button to activate the slide show which provides a thorough background of German rule and the rise of Nazi Power. Please wear your headphones when listening to the slide show. Answer all questions on the handout which correspond with Task #1.
Task #2: Nazi Rule: the fundamentals and ideals of their position in Germany
Please visit this site which provides an overview of Nazi Rule and the Third Reich in Germany. Read through the information posted on the site and, on the bottom, please click on the link to watch a campaign video for Adolf Hitler. Answer all questions on the information sheet.
Task #3: Jewish Ghettos
Please visit this site about Jewish ghettos. Please read through the information and answer all the questions which correspond to Task #3. At the bottom of the page, please click on the link to watch three videos detailing Jewish life in the ghettos. All of the videos are only a few moments long and are all silent footage. Please pay close attention to the videos and finish the questions on the handout.
Task #4: Rescue
This task asks you to watch videos from various survivors about their experiences during liberation. Please visit thissite and watch any videos which are of interest. Each video is only a few minutes long, but they all provide a rich overview of the different experiences of those involved in liberation. On your paper, please answer all of the questions which correspond to task #4.
Task #5: A look at Auschwitz
This task is focused on the largest of the concentration camps, Auschwitz. Please visit this site and answer the corresponding question on the web quest handout.