Using Return to Rivne as the centerpiece, this lesson uses stations for students to explore the geography, pre-war life, Roma people, the family that hid Shelly and Raya, the toys Shelly and Raya made, statistics, and Holocaust terms for students to explore the context of this story. Google Earth and Google Voyager are used to virtually visit Rivne.
The subject: "Learning about the Holocaust and Human Rights" was selected as part of a school activity program and particularly as part of the lesson, "The Joy of Reading", it was approached interdisciplinary and disseminated in all subjects. The basic purpose is to talk, discuss and learn about the holocaust and human rights and how they should be considered inviolable and respected by all the people.
Students watch films all the time. But do they think about how a good story is told through film? To get your students to think about how filmmakers tell stories through film, they will watch one Centropa film several times, each time analyzing a different aspect of its construction: story, structure and film techniques. Centropa films are perfect for this activity – they are engaging, short and use creative methods to tell stories through narrative, images and sound.
Students will learn about historical events that took place in Europe in the 20th century, and see how those events were covered by newspapers in mandatory Palestine and (after 1948) Israel. After that, the students will interview one or more family members/friends who were alive at the time of the events. The students' findings will be presented in a paper and a video.
This lesson plan uses group work, creative writing, and multimedia to teach subjects including History, Literature, Civics, Social and Political Education, Philosophy, Language etc. It is also useful in discussions about multiculturalism, war and peace, the Second World War, crimes against humanity, genocide and holocausts (e.g. the Jewish Holocaust), modern European history, moral and ethical issues, struggle for survival, etc.