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Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts

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Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts

Grades 10 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patrick Striegel

Patrick Striegel

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Letter Generator

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Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

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PREPARATION

  1. Have the students read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night. See the Suggested Holocaust Literature.
  2. Students may need a little background on World War II and the concentration camps if they have no prior knowledge.  It would also be important to discuss Italy’s role in the war.  The students could visit the following websites and complete the World War Two Background Questions (see the answers here). To make access easier for students, bookmark these websites on the appropriate computers.
  3. If your students struggle with reading subtitles, practice the skill before viewing the movie.  Choose any scene from a foreign film (perhaps a high-interest martial arts film that the students would enjoy like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), play a few minutes of it, and ask the students only to look at the pictures and listen to the sounds.  Rewind the scene, play it again, and ask them to concentrate only on the words that are written below the images.  Play the scene one final time as they watch for all the elements of the film.
  4. Make the appropriate amount of copies of the Life is Beautiful Discussion Questions, Exit Slips, and Letter to the Director Rubric.
  5. Send home a Movie Permission Slip or the forms required by your local school to families announcing details about the movie before showing it in class.
  6. Make appropriate arrangements to have computer access for all students when they begin the closing activity and appropriate equipment to view the film.  Be sure to test out the Letter Generator and websites before you begin the lesson.

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