2010, No. 9

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

November 2010

NEW LESSON PLANS AVAILABLE AT HMH.ORG

There are two new lesson plans available on the Museum’s Web site:  one that allows for deeper consideration of experiences during the Holocaust and one that can be used by area teachers in conjunction with the exhibition on display at the Museum until June 5, 2011. These lesson plans can be found on the site as a part of the “educator’s resources” under the Education tab at www.hmh.org.  

“Beyond Anne Frank: Other Holocaust-Era Diaries” was developed using the resource “Salvaged Pages,” which is available as a class set in some of the Museum’s curriculum trunks. This lesson allows for a deeper understanding of the Holocaust as students study diary entries from other adolescents who experienced the Holocaust. The lesson will permit students to consider gender and geographical experiences. The lesson could be used by middle school teachers during a unit of study on Anne Frank or as a way to begin a high school unit of study on the Holocaust. The lesson plan includes several resources that assist in incorporating the lesson, such as a timeline specific to the lesson.
 
“Fragile Fragments: Expressions of Memory” is based on the exhibition of the same name. This lesson could be used for students on a fieldtrip or assigned as an individual extra credit activity. The lesson plan asks students to tour this exhibition and consider the viewpoints of the various female artists. Students can take notes and respond to questions about how art and history are interwoven; these responses can be used for class discussions.

LOOK FOR HMH EDUCATION STAFF AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Dec. 1, 2010 – Texas ESC 15 workshop
  • Jan. 21 and 22, 2011 – TCTELA Annual Conference
  • Jan. 22, 2011 – Texas ESC 4 Social Studies Conference
  • Jan. 28, 2011 – Annual Texas History Conference (Region 6)

JOIN THE HMH EDUCATOR DISCUSSION FORUMS

Ever wanted a new resource to implement in the classroom and wasn’t sure what would be best?  Are you working in your district to vertically align Holocaust curriculum and need feedback?

Holocaust Museum Houston hosts several online discussion groups for educators. These forums are divided into groups for elementary educators, middle school educators, high school educators, and college and university educators. 

Teachers can join the discussion forums by registering at www.hmh.org/ed_discussion_group.shtmlEach teacher must register by clicking the Register tab in the upper right corner of the page before being accepted into the forum. Participation in the forums will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask questions and discover new resources. 

Here are just a few of the threads currently open for these forums:

Elementary:

  • At what grade level / age group do you think the Holocaust should be introduced to elementary students?
  • What Holocaust-related resources are you using in your elementary classroom?

Middle School:

  • What are the top 3 resources you use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in middle school?
  • Should "Night" be taught in the middle school grades?

High School:

  • What opportunities / challenges are present as the Holocaust is taught in both the ELA and Social Studies classrooms?
  • What are the top three resources you use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in high school?

Sign up today and add your thoughts on these topics or start a new discussion entirely.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON RACE LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

Most teachers probably have had students question how the Holocaust is relevant to American history.

This interactive workshop, "The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Race Laws,” scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, will help educators answer that question as participants explore the racist ideologies that governed two different nations, albeit with different outcomes. In this session, teachers will analyze the laws used to identify and segregate minority populations, discuss the scope of these laws and compare results of the laws. The day will involve many stimulus-based discussions, lesson ideas, resource suggestions and discussions on how to implement the workshop’s content into existing plans and programs.

Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.

The $15 nonrefundable workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online by Jan. 26, 2011. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH STATEWIDE ART, WRITING AND VIDEO CONTEST

In observance of Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust commemoration day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education sponsors an annual statewide art, writing and video contest for middle and high school students in Texas. The 2011 theme is “Holocaust Literature –  Witness of the Past and Challenge for emptive power of the simple virtues of daily living, "Kaddish" motivates its audience to take a stand against genocide.

 

HEAR A SURVIVOR AND TAKE A SPANISH-LANGUAGE TOUR THIS FEBRUARY

Bring your Spanish-speaking students to Holocaust Museum Houston this Feb. 15 to allow them to hear first-hand from a Spanish-speaking survivor of the Holocaust and take a guided Spanish-language tour of the Museum. The Museum will re-open at 5:30 p.m., with survivor Riki Roussos speaking about her experience at 6:00 p.m.

Roussos, a native of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, was just shy of her 14th birthday when Germany invaded her country in April 1941. Her father and brother were arrested, but she and her family were sent to the Rab Island concentration camp in 1943. They later escaped, but learned only after liberation that her father and brother had been murdered at the concentration camp in Jasenovac.

Guided tours of the permanent exhibit "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. Both events are free of admission charges.

 


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