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Activity Overview

Using primary source documents is an incredibly important part of studying history and understanding how the people of that time reacted to or were affected by events. When it comes to studying the Holocaust, understand the perspective of a victim will help students ground the events in reality and better analyze the effects of actions.

In this activity, students will create a traditional storyboard that represents the experience of a victim of the Holocaust. This assignment will first require students to research an individual that was impacted by the events of the Holocaust. There are several accounts, so students should be encouraged to go beyond Anne Frank's accounts. Once students have found a resource, such as an autobiography or interview, they will choose a series of quotes that they found to be the most profound. These quotes will act as an outline for the storyboard. Students should include each quote in the text box below and create a corresponding representation of the quote.

For an alternative to this assignment, students may want to create a graphic novel instead of a traditional storyboard. You can add additional templates to the assignment to give students an option and update the instructions accordingly.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/1] Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/5] Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard detailing the experience of a victim of the Holocaust.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description boxes, write a narrative based on the experience of the person you researched.
  3. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, items, or photos from the Photos for Class search bar.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.

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