Sunday, April 5, 2009

Narrative for Holocaust Curriculum/Update

Summary of Week's Activities: By working these last three days, the Holocaust committee has written the curriculum for grades 4-8. So far the curriculum is complete now for grades 1-8. Below is the narrative that we wrote together about the Holocaust Curriculum.

Narrative of Holocaust Curriculum: 
The aim of the Holocaust curriculum is to instill an innate desire to be caring, principled, open-minded learners, who possess a sense of community as well as global awareness and who will be equipped to face complex issues in an ever-changing world.

As stakeholders in the global community students will become aware of the need to stand up for what is right and good. They will be able to recognize that each of us have reasons to be proud of ourselves and be able to describe positive and negative types of human behavior, as well as demonstrate an understanding that behavior reflects the choices and decisions that each person makes.

The Holocaust curriculum is designed to have all students achieve this by the 12th grade.

In grades 1-5 the curriculum is focused on themes such as friendship, respect, and tolerance. This curriculum will teach children the world is made up of differences and inculcate a spirit of respect. The selections and suggestions crafted together in this curriculum can be powerful tools toward building a more responsible, humane citizenry. The lessons included are sensitive and appropriate for grades 1-5. Teachers will find endless opportunities to bring to their students a variety of lessons focused on building self-respect and respect for a diverse humanity.

In grades 6-8 the curriculum is designed to complement the IBMYP Language Arts Curriculum. Additional readings and discussion questions will help students answer unit questions like: Who is responsible for guaranteeing human rights? What does it mean to live in fear? And finally, what does a hero look like?

In grades 9-12 students will discuss general theories of human nature and relate these to personal experiences. They will examine aggression and cruelty as parts of human nature, as well as positive and negative behaviors associated with acts of courage, integrity and empathy. Lastly, they will develop generalizations that reflect their individual views of human nature, and answer unit questions like; why is hate dangerous and destructive? And, how can words heal?

Picture: United States Holocaust Museum, Washington DC

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