Haya-Lea Detinko: Centropa, Russia and Zionism

This lesson plan uses resources from the Centropa website including some of Ursula Reinhart-Döring’s lesson plan from the teachers’ section. Because her lesson was designed for ESL kids, Margaret Chasan adapted it for English speakers and added her own elements.

You can either download the lesson plan as a .doc below, or you can follow this link to the original blog post by Margaret Chasan on her school's homepage. While you have all the lesson plan basics in the .doc, there is additional information and additional tasks in the blog post.

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