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Activity Overview

When studying a period of history, it's important for students to have a solid understanding of basic terminology that will be used in the unit. This allows them to be able to better understand the events and have the vocabulary needed to have discussions in class.

In this activity, students will use a spider map to define and illustrate major terms used in discussing the Holocaust. This will allow students to better understand the Holocaust and why it happened. Students should be sure their definitions include how each term is directly related to the Holocaust. Teachers may pre-select terms they would like students to study, or they can use from the suggested list below:

Example Holocaust Vocabulary

  • Indoctrination
  • Genocide
  • Antisemitism
  • Dehumanization
  • Bias
  • Nationalism

  • Extended Activity

    Have students expand further on one of the terms defined in their spider map. Students could expand on how the term applies to understanding the Holocaust in more depth, and its relation to a broader perspective on why the Holocaust occurred.

    Lesson Plan Reference

    Grade Level 9-12

    Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

    Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

    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 spider map that defines and illustrates key terms and vocabulary from the Holocaust.

    1. Click "Start Assignment".
    2. In the titles, identify the word or term.
    3. In the description, write a summary of the definition and it's relation to the Holocaust.
    4. Create an illustration for each word or term using appropriate scenes, characters, items, or photos from the Photos for Class search bar.
    5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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