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Text Set: Taryn MacLean

Text How this text will meet the How this text meets literacy
goals needs of student

The Boy on the Wooden This novel gives readers a The language of the book is
Box by Leon Leyson first-hand look into the written at a level that sixth
Holocaust. It is about a ten grade students should be
year old boy whose family able to understand. We can
survived the Holocaust by discuss first-hand accounts
being placed on of events and how the
Schindlers list. It also language that Leyson uses
describes his struggles in the novel and the events
during this time. We will that he describes can only
use this text to explore be described by him and
many of the concepts other survivors.
surrounding the Holocaust
such as ghettos and
concentration camps.

Newsela article: This article gives a brief This will give students
A History of anti-Semitism overview of anti-semitism practice reading nonfiction
https://newsela.com/read/lib- and its role in the writing that provides
anti-Semitism/id/29346 Holocaust/beyond. It is information about the topic. It
important for students to is written at a sixth grade
understand this piece to level, but students are able
the Holocaust as it is this to change the readability
type of hatred that created level through the website. It
much of the tension during will expose them to key
this time. words (Jew, anti-semitism,
Nazi, Hitler) that they have
been seeing throughout the
unit.

A collection of testimonies One of the goals for the With videos, students must
from Holocaust survivors unit is for students to think differently about the
http://web.library.yale.edu/te understand that this is an content being presented than
stimonies/excerpts/index.ht issue that impacted if it was just in text. They are
ml individuals. With all the able to see the faces of
statistics about the deaths these people as they explain
and suffering that their hardships and can pay
occurred, it is beneficial to attention to their tone of
remind students that voice, emphasis on words,
everyone who endured the and facial expressions.
Holocaust was an
individual with his/her own
story. These testimonies
will give students a view
into some of their stories.

A poem by an anonymous This poem shows the Students will be able to


Holocaust survivor about pains of a person who was explore some figurative
missing home- Homesick missing home during language when looking at
https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k his/her time at a this poem as well as vivid
12/cur/socstud/foundation_g concentration camp. imagery. The way that
r6/blms/6-2-4b.pdf Students will be able to poems are written is different
discuss how they might than how people would write
react to being taken out of a narrative story, so students
their homes with no can explore the language
warning and what they and type of writing used in
would miss about home if poetry.
the situation occurred.

Map showing the major We will look at the maps in Map reading involves looking
ghettos in occupied Europe, order to figure out at different areas and
1939-1944 locations of ghettos determining what happened
https://www.ushmm.org/outr around Europe while we in the area by using the key.
each/en/media_nm.php? discuss that specific There is also a scale for
MediaId=356 concept. Another map that students to be able to see
we can use is one that how far apart the countries
Map of liberation of major shows the liberation of are.
Nazi camps, 1944-1945 major Nazi camps.
https://www.ushmm.org/outr Students will see who
each/en/media_nm.php? liberated the camps and,
MediaId=381 in some cases, when the
camps were liberated.

A song called Our Town is This song inspired people Students will be able to read
Burning by Mordecai to rebel against the Nazis the lyrics of the song.
Gebirtig and became popular in the English is not the language
https://www.ushmm.org/outr Krakow, Poland ghetto. that is was originally written
each/en/media_so.php? This is the same area that in, so we can discuss
MediaId=2621 Leon Leyson (the author translation and how certain
of the novel) was from. lines of text may sound odd
due to the translation. There
is also a recording of the
song (not in English) that the
students can listen to for
mood/tone.