Lesson Plans and Recommendations

Voices of Hope and The HERO Center are committed to helping educators teaching the Holocaust and genocide in their classroom. We know it can be an overwhelming subject and, with so much material and questionable resources online, we want to make sure you have the best resources available to you at no cost. Below, you will find some of our favorite lesson plans, short documentaries and other recommendations. For further recommendations, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

**Please note: Appropriate grade levels are noted for some resources. However, we absolutely recommend educators review all parts of a lesson or resource (especially videos, photos and oral testimony) to best evaluate the appropriateness for a specific group of students.

 

The Holocaust

 
Lesson Plans:
 
 

From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

 

From Echoes and Reflections (all lesson plans are aimed at grades 6-12, though educators should use their own discretion when teaching more sensitive material):

 

From Facing History and Ourselves:

 

Suggested Films:

 

Other recommendations:

 

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


Resources and Materials for Other Genocides

Armenia:

 

Useful websites and lesson plans – compiled by Mari Firkatian, Professor of History, University of Hartford

 The Genocide Education Project:

 

Cambodia:

 

Documentation Center of Cambodia:

 

USC Shoah Foundation – IWitness Oral Testimony Archive – Watch

  • Search “Khmer Rouge” for survivor testimony results

 

From Facing History and Ourselves:

 

From Speak Out About Genocide:

 

Recommended Books for Students:

  • First They Killed My Father
  • Never Fall Down

 

 

Rwanda: