The 9th grade US Government course calls for an examination of authoritarian government as compared with a democratic system. To achieve this goal, we examine the human rights abuses of such regimes as Nazi Germany, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Cuba under Fidel Castro, and China under the Communist Party.
The Social Studies curriculum allows for an examination of the Holocaust as the epitome of evil that Man is capable of. In order to gain a full understanding of the impact of this event on the lives of individuals as well as on history, the 9th grade takes a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
This video provides an excellent summary of the Holocaust and the Days of Remembrance. A new window will open.
This link will bring up student reaction to a visit to the Museum that was taken on December 7, 1995. Students were asked to describe something they saw or experienced that touched or changed them. The students also visited the White House and the chamber of the U.S. Senate before visiting the USHMM. Please examine their unedited comments and send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of US Government and History should also be able to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to current events and examples of modern-day genocide, including the tragedy taking place in Bosnia at the present time.
Various pieces of literature that illustrate the darker side of man's free will. Topics include genocide, segregation, discrimination, hate crimes, and war as an instrument of evil. 9th grade classes may study works such as
The following writing options will help the student make sense of the student's experience at the Holocaust Museum or when dealing with other Holocaust resources. Each deserves serious reflection, planning, and effort on the part of the student. Make it a piece of writing you can be proud of.
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The Science teacher, Ms. Hurley plans to discuss the following elements:
Ms. Cross, our Math teacher, plans to have students examine the following elements:
Students will develop line, bar, circle or pictographs, illustrating some statistical application of Holocaust data. possible applications include
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If you would like more information on the topics covered in this unit, please review any of the resources found within the link provided below. Since the Holocaust is the focus of this unit, the links below are the result of a webcrawler search using the term "the Holocaust."
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