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Holocaust Education Teacher Resource

This general resource contains guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, suggestions for preparing students for survivor speakers, frequently asked questions about the Holocaust, a timeline, a glossary, as well as recommended websites and readings.

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Primary Voices

Primary Voices: Teaching Through Holocaust Survivor Testimony is an online pedagogical resource composed of excerpts of digitized audio-visual testimonies from the VHEC Testimony Collection. The website offers distinct learning opportunities that support historical thinking and engagement with primary and secondary sources as the students interact with Holocaust survivors’ accounts of persecution, loss and survival – their primary voices.

The testimony excerpts are accompanied by comprehensive lesson plans, student work sheets, and suggested activities informed by 21st Century Learning and core competencies of the new B.C. curriculum, including inquiry-based, personalized and technology-enhanced learning, critical and creative thinking, and reflection on social responsibility.

Through Primary Voices, educators and students can engage with Holocaust testimony in a lesson, within a larger unit, or as part of an independent research project. The lessons are clustered into themes that are divided into three sets of lessons – Now, Next, and Beyond — to facilitate increasing levels of engagement with the themes and testimonies. Materials are recommended for students in grades 8 through 12, with adaptations possible for intermediate grades.

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Teacher’s Guides

Teacher’s Guides complement VHEC exhibits and support classroom learning. They include pre and post-visit activities, discussion questions, student readings, primary documents, glossaries, timelines and recommended resources.

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Discovery Kits

Discovery kits are available for four-week loan periods free of charge. The kits are designed to put primary documents and artefacts into the hands of students. Students are encouraged to examine, describe and analyze the artefacts as a way to investigate issues of discrimination, segregation, hiding, resistance, as well as the aftermath of war and immigration. Learning is supported by Student Information Cards and Teacher’s Guides. Pick-up and delivery or courier costs are the responsibility of the teacher.

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Classroom Book Sets

Classroom book sets are chosen to engage young learners while offering insight into the authors’ experiences of the Holocaust. They are commonly taught as part of the B. C. curriculum and are appropriate for students of age 10 to 17. Classroom book sets are available for four-week loan periods free of charge. Each set contains 30 copies of the book, and some include additional resources and readings. Pick-up, delivery, or courier costs are the responsibility of the teacher.

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