Activity Overview

Researching real people helps students to gain a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives, and diverse perspectives of people who lived through and experienced the Holocaust. This helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial, empathetic, and realistic view of the period. Oskar Schindler is considered to be a hero by many people. He saved the lives of over 1,200 Jewish men, women, and children by employing them in his factory. For this activity, students will research Oskar Schindler and create a biography poster about his life. As an extension activity or another option, teachers may have the students choose another person who survived or helped others survive the Holocaust.

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Objective: Research Oskar Schindler. Create a mini biography of his life in the form of a poster that highlights important events and accomplishments in his life.

Student Instructions:

  1. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about Oskar Schindler.
  2. Using the provided template, or a template of your choosing, create a poster. Include Schindler’s name and dates of birth and death. Add scenes with captions to describe the different important events and accomplishments throughout his life.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation


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