Teaching Guide

There are two versions of educator resource books currently in circulation with trunks. Please select a link below to jump to the portion on this page regarding that version:

Pilot Program Trunks | Second Edition Trunks | Third Edition Trunks


Pilot Program Trunks: Guide and Resources

Click here to download the Guide and Resources PDF.

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. Please click here to learn more about the new Teaching Guide.

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Second Edition Trunks: Teaching Guide

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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:

  • Introduction
  • Resources
  • 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.

Print Handouts 

Click here to download the PDF which includes the following:

  • “Nuremberg Racial Laws, 1935”
  • Recommended List of Rescuers for Research
  • “Witness to the Holocaust”

Click here to download the PDF which includes the following:

  • Map of Amsterdam
  • Map of Rescue in Denmark
  • Map of Jewish Communites in Central Europe
  • Map of Theresienstadt
  • Map of Theresienstadt Ghetto
  • Map of Extermination Camps in Occupied Poland

Print Worksheets 

Click here to download the PDF which includes the following:

  • “Badges of Hate” identification
  • Biography Synthesis
  • Essential Vocabulary and Concepts
  • Frame of Reference
  • “How will you choose?”
  • ID Cards Timeline
  • Key Concept Synthesis
  • Literature Circle
  • “Nuremberg Racial Laws, 1935” response questions
  • Rescuers Research Project Dossier
  • “The Short Life of Anne Frank” student reflection
  • Sociograms
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Timeline
  • Vocabulary Squares

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Third Edition Trunks: Teaching Guide

Click here to download the guide.

Online Only Materials

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