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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Hana's Suitcase?

Type:
Assignment
Subjects:
History, English Language Arts
Duration:
2 lessons
Purpose:
To formulate an opinion
Summary:
Students compare and contrast the merits of the message of an award-winning story in light of recent findings.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students what they know about how children were treated at Auschwitz and other concentration camps. What feelings do their answers invoke? Are any of the feelings hopeful?

Outline the Opportunity

Have students visit the topic Life After Auschwitz on the CBC Digital Archives website. They will view the clip "Hana's Suitcase" as well as the Story and Did You Know? sections and the clip "Hana's suitcase turns out to be a replica." As they view the clips they will answer the questions on the download sheet 'Hana's Suitcase.'

Revisit and Reflect

Lead a class discussion about the original story of Hana's suitcase and ask students to list and justify the ways in which the message of that story could be described as one of survival, perseverance, and hope. Ask students if their list is still relevant in light of the more recent discovery that Hana's suitcase is actually a replica. What items if any are now irrelevant? Why?

Have students write a letter to the editor of a parenting magazine to express their viewpoint about how to share with children the recent discovery about Hana's suitcase.

Extension

Students can write a preface that might be used in a new edition of Hana's Suitcase to inform readers about the newly discovered facts about the suitcase.

Material

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