Holocaust Nonfiction and Poetry
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Traveling to Western and Eastern Europe, we will examine nonfiction in the form of articles, speeches, and memoirs, as well as, analyze some powerful and thought-provoking poetry. Throughout our discussion of the Holocaust and the atrocities that occurred during that time, we will discuss how the lessons learned from studying this historical period are still relevant today using a socratic seminar as one of the many ways we will tackle this heavy material. The MYP Global Context that is focused on is orientation in time and space, and the inquiry questions we will ask in the classroom are as follows: What can such a catastrophe tell us about human nature? What comparable examples are there of people’s inhumanity to others? Where does one draw the line between obeying the law or obeying one’s conscience? What is the role and responsibility of the individual in society? Why is the study of the Holocaust relevant today?