I did my PBL with a partner. Our PBL is to have each student create an exhibit for a classroom wide museum about the Holocaust. We thought it was a fun and engaging project to help them learn about the Holocaust. we hit a lot of standards in the secondary education social studies area some are World History Standards 6 & 7 (6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6) and ELA Standards (11-12.RN.2.1, 2.3, 4.2, 4.3, 11-12.RL.2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.2, 11-12.W.1, 3.2, 11-12.W.4, 11-12.W.5, 11-12.SL.2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2).

Driving question: How can we demonstrate thorough museum exhibits the terrible events that took place during the Holocaust and present reasons why we need to prevent mass genocide in the future?

Grabber: Instructor begins by posing the question, “Does history tend to repeat itself?”  Begin the sensitive discussion of the World War II and subsequent Holocaust that resulted in a mass genocide of millions of Jews.  Instructor then presents the article found on the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights and Global Peace website regarding other instances in history of mass genocide.  Instructor then begins a discussion regarding ways to obtain reflections, information, and present it to an audience in an effort to prevent history from repeating itself in a social and political climate ripe with strife.  

Culminating activity: Students will take a Google Resources virtual museum tour of a current or past museum exhibition highlighting the Holocaust.  Students will identify what makes a particular exhibit(s) impactful and draw similarities to today’s social and political climate.  Students will identify and brainstorm ideas on what they envision their exhibit will include in order to make the most impact.

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