"First They Came" is all about how the poet stood by and watched the mistreatment of others and did nothing about it. Eventually, when he was being mistreated, there was no one to stand up for him. Although this poem was written a long time ago, this type of action, or inaction, is still very relevant in the lives of children as they navigate growing up and relationships. For this activity, students will think of a present day example of this inaction, and create a 3 cell storyboard describing and illustrating their example. They can choose a personal example, or something from current events.
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Objective: Identify, describe, and illustrate a situation where one might stay silent, and then fall victim to what they were silent about.
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