Teaching the Holocaust through Narrative - Part I
A basic course in the program: Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Teaching the Holocaust
This online course seeks to familiarize teachers with the challenges involved in teaching about the Holocaust through Narrative, and to present educational strategies and teaching methods designed to confront these challenges. As we examine text and visual media, we will analyze current methodologies and materials designed to help our students understand and teach this watershed through the thoughts, words, actions, and reactions of those who were there and of those who live in its shadow.Rationale:
Holocaust literature provides perspectives on myriad themes that engage students, revealing truths and raising essential questions about human nature. It provides adolescent readers with credible models of heroism and dignity even as it compels them to confront the reality of the human capacity for evil. Studying literary responses to the Holocaust helps students:
- humanize the grim statistics;
- explore the spiritual and religious resistance that portrays the dignity of people in the face of despair;
- recognize and examine the different roles thrust upon or assumed by people, such as victim, oppressor, murderer, bystander, resister, and rescuer;
- examine the “choiceless choices” confronted by Jews and opportunities for choice confronted by the perpetrators.
- To learn key aspects of the Holocaust experience and explore its continued relevance to you and your students;
- To identify, master, and create the best practices in sharing these essential aspects with the next generation;
- To become reflective practitioners as you work to:
- identify age-appropriate materials;
- identify, design, and implement best practices in checking for understanding, connecting new learning to previous knowledge and interests, providing organizational strategies for learning, and assessing and evaluating students’ learning.
Read the assigned texts in advance and being prepared to discuss them in our on-line sessions
- Participation in forum discussions (7 Forums)
- Assignments (2-3 short written assignments)
- Final project
Shawn, K., Goldfrad, K., & Younglove, W. (Eds.). (2008).The call of memory: Learning about the Holocaust through narrative: An anthology. Teaneck, New Jersey: Ben Yehuda Press.
The course consists of 7 on-line synchronous meetings, every other week. These meetings will be followed by independent work consisting of on-line material, forum discussions and writing assignments.
Assessment will be based on your forum participation (50%), written assignments (25%) and final project (25%).
Unit 1: Introduction
Introductions; explanation of syllabus, course content, methods, materials, and expectations; PowerPoint/Lecture: “Teaching About the Holocaust Through Narrative.”
Unit 2: In the Beginning
Second on-line lecture
Unit 3: The Gathering Storm
Third on-line lecture
Unit 4: Under Occupation
Fourth on-line lecture
Unit 5: Daily Life in the Ghetto (Part 1):
Fifth on-line lecture
Unit 6: Daily Life in the Ghetto (Part 2):
Sixth on-line lecture
Unit 7: Conclusion
Seventh on-line encounter