Language Arts » 8th grade 'Perspectives' (Unit 2 overview)

8th grade 'Perspectives' (Unit 2 overview)

Highlights of Unit 2: The Holocaust


ESSENTIAL QUESTION: As a class, in small groups, and independently, students will work to answer the question

How do we remember the past? 



*What are some of the ways you could answer the question, How do we remember the past?

 *Why is it important to remember the past?

*What do these texts say about the Holocaust? How do people deal with the knowledge that something so terrible happened?

*Why do you think the Holocaust is so often featured in the media, books and film?





Whole-Class Learning

The Diary of Anne

Frank, Act 1

Albert Hackett and

Frances Goodrich


The Diary of Anne

Frank, Act 2

Albert Hackett and

Frances Goodrich


Frank Family and World War II Timeline"


media: timeline


from Anne Frank: The

Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank


Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize”

Elie Wiesel


from Maus

Art Spiegelman

media: graphic novel


Additional reading list

Your child may choose one or more to read independently.

Saving the Children

Bob Simon

television transcript

A Great Adventure in the Shadow of War

Mary Helen Dirkx

reflective essay

Irena Sendler: Rescuer of the Children of Warsaw

Chana Kroll

news article

Quiet Resistance

Ann Byers

primary source

“Remembering a Devoted Keeper of Anne Frank’s Legacy”

Moni Basu

news article

“I’ll Go Fetch Her Tomorrow”

Bloeme Emden





Whole-Class Learning Performance Task 45%

Your child will need to answer the question:

How can literature help us remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust?

He or she will write an explanatory essay, drawing on knowledge gained from the selections/texts in this unit.


Small-Group Learning Performance Task  25%

*Presentation- Group research presentation on the historical themes or important figures in the Holocaust.

*Diary entry- Choosing one of the characters from Anne Frank’s collection of work.



    Activities and assignments in Unit 2 will help your student meet the following Common Core State Standards for            reading literature and informational texts, writing, and speaking and listening. Here are some key standards students        will work toward mastering in this unit.


• Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

• Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

• Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

• Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.


• Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

• Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Speaking and Listening

• Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

• Present claims and findings emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.