Lesson Title: Children of the Holocaust
Subject Area: Social Studies/Language Arts
Grade Level: 7th grade
Teacher: Margueritte Daniel

Learning Objective:

Students will read biographies of children who survived the Holocaust and write letters telling how those stories affected them. By the end of this lessons, students will be able to describe some things that happened to children of the Holocaust and how they were treated.

South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards:

  • Standard 7-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and effects of world conflicts in the early twentieth century.
  • Indicator 7-5.6 Summarize the Holocaust and its impact on European society and Jewish culture, including Nazi policies to eliminate the Jews and other minorities, the "Final Solution," and the war crimes trials at Nuremberg.

South Carolina Language Arts Academic Standards:

  • Standard 7-4: The student will create written work that has a clear focus, sufficient detail, coherent organization, effective use of voice, and correct use of the conventions of written Standard American English.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students:

  • Creativity and Innovation-Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology
    • Students will write a letter to a child of the Holocaust
  • Research and Information Fluency-Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
    • Uses Internet to research information
    • Uses Search Engines to research information
  • Technology Operations and Concepts-Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology an concepts, systems, and operations.
    • Uses Internet to gather information
    • Uses Microsoft Word to write a letter

Activities and Computer Functions:

Materials Needed:

  • Teacher created PowerPoint with Children of the Holocaust Biographies read orally for Students with Reading Difficulties


What was childhood like for Jewish children of the Holocaust? How was it different from your childhood?

Data Manipulation:

Computer Function
Computer Application
Data Manipulation
Research information
Students will use a website of biographies to explore information about children of the Holocaust.
Word processing
Students will use word processing to write a letter to a child telling them how the biography affected him/her.

Planning Computer Activities

Students will explore the biographies of Children of the Holocaust. Each student will select one biography and write a letter to that child, telling how the biography affected him or her. Students should include specific details about this period in history and about the child's story.

Before Computer Use:

In order to make history relevant to my students we will first discuss the meaning of childhood. Students will choose three sentences that best define a child in their opinion. They will also add a sentence of their own.
I will show the students the following on the SmartBoard and they will complete the activity:

I will ask the student the following questions which we will discuss as a class:
  • What are the things that children need?
  • Who should provide them with these things?
  • Is it natural to provide children all of their needs?
  • Are all children provided with their basic needs?

During Computer Use:

  • Students will explore biographies of Children of the Holocaust
  • As students are reading, they should think about how the Nazis define Jewish children.
  • As the students are reading, they should be thinking about who they would like to write their letter to.
  • Students may refer to Friendly or Personal Letters Site

After Computer Use:

  • Students will complete a Think Sheet answering the following:
  1. Do you think the Children of the Holocaust had a childhood?
  2. How would you have felt if your were treated the way they were treated?

Supporting Activities:


Students will be evaluated on how closely the contents of their letters correspond to the historical events described in the biographies.

Letter-Writing Rubric