The Guide and Resources was compiled and produced by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in 2011 for the pilot program trunks. The contents include:
- Inventory of Trunk Contents
- Summary of Materials
- Guidelines to Teaching About the Holocaust
- What have We Learned?
- Pyramid of Hate
- 36 Questions about the Holocaust
- Holocaust Terminology
- Holocaust Chronology
- Suggestions for Further Reading
In 2013, as part of the process of creating 20 new trunks (known as "second edition trunks"), a new Teaching Guide was created to accompany the new trunks. The Teaching Guide improved and expanded upon the components included in the pilot program's Guide and Resources. The Teaching Guide was also developed further to include lesson modules, activity modules, student handouts, and worksheets. Although the trunk contents in pilot program trunks differ from the second edition trunk contents, this new Teaching Guide is still a useful resource for educators utilizing pilot program trunks.
The Teaching Guide was developed and produced by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in 2012-2013 for the second edition trunks. The contents are divided into the following categories:
- Lesson Modules
- Activity Modules
- Worksheets and Handouts
Each lesson module, activity module, and worksheet were designed or directly derived from the tasks, strategies, and themes outlined in the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
Middle school students continue to expand their understanding of the past by using multiple sources and perspectives to build interpretations of past events. Through this process, students acquire an improved understanding of the basic civil rights in a democracy. Students will better understand their role in their community, nation, and international community.
The modules are developed with the goal of teaching critical thinking skills to students in order to provide them with a broad view of societies, cultures, and belief systems. In gaining this perspective students can recognize and respect people’s differences and realize the dangers of prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. It encourages the acceptance of diversity in a pluralistic society.
It is important to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and the skill of critical thinking, so that students can apply these values and strategies to their own decision-making process. Each lesson module provides students with an opportunity to examine their daily lives, the choices they make, and how those choices impact others. Personal responsibility is a central theme of Holocaust education and the examination of this allows students to recognize when he/she is in a situation where he/she must make a choice instead of standing by in apathy. Students should not be told what decision they are expected to make, but in learning the lessons of the Holocaust he/she will be able to use their critical thinking skills to arrive at the right decision and understand why it is the right decision. Students are taught how to make moral and ethical choices.
Online Only Materials
- Overview of Curriculum Standards
- What Did the Badges Mean?
- Letter to Parent/Guardian
- Student Reflection
- Animated Maps
- Personal Histories
- Confronting Hatred Activities:
- Being an Outsider
- Fighting Prejudice
- Holocaust Denial and Hate Speech
- Propaganda and Media
- Rescue and Resistance