Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
One objective of this lesson is for students to become acquainted with Leon Leyson, the author of this memoir, through the prologue. Another objective is for students to learn background knowledge about the Holocaust and about Oskar Schindler to provide them with context for the memoir.
1. Writing - In the prologue, students were introduced to Leon Leyson, the narrator of this nonfiction memoir. Have students to write 3-5 predictions about what they think might happen to him in this book, which tells of his actual experiences during the Holocaust.
2. Class Discussion/Teacher Presentation - Ask students what they know about the Holocaust, writing notes on the board as they provide accurate, factual information. Give all students who have prior knowledge of the Holocaust a chance to contribute. Then present students with a brief overview of the Holocaust. Consider using resources such as a multimedia presentation...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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