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Fighting Injustice by Studying Lessons of the Past

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Joan Schauder

Temple, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


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Student Interactives






  • Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting (Jewish Publication Society, 1996)
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Student journals
  • Chart paper

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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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1. Familiarize yourself with the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, and the Japanese–American Internment using the websites listed in the Resources section.

2. Obtain and read Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting. Although this book is written on a fourth-grade level, the use of personification in the story fosters the development of critical thinking skills in middle school students. Instead of concentrating on vocabulary, students are able to focus on the author’s message. Bunting poignantly uses animals to demonstrate how fear and indifference lead to the destruction of the forest denizens.

3. Assemble a collection of books about the Holocaust for students to read. A selection of suggested readings has been provided on the Holocaust Book and Movie List. If possible, get more than one copy of each book so that multiple students can use the same text. Prepare a brief book talk for each book you have available.

4. If you do not have computers with Internet access available in your classroom, reserve three 45-minute sessions in your school’s computer lab for Sessions 4 through 6. Add all of the websites listed in the Resources section to the Favorites list on the computers students will be using except A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust.

5. Make one copy of the Trail of Tears Web Guide and the Japanese–American Internment Web Guide for each student in your class.

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