Genre Stories of the Holocaust

This lesson is designed to supplement a study of World War II. Students will read first hand accounts of individuals who escaped Nazi persecution and eventually settled in Asheville, North Carolina. This lesson may be used as an 8th grade Social Studies or English project(It could also be used as an integrated project), 10th grade English, or 11th grade US History. This lesson uses the NCEcho portal to access the material. Teacher could use this for discussion and writing relying on primary sources. Students will access primary source material that relates to life in Nazi occupied Germany. Writing skills could be enhanced through journal writing.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0601.5.2
Analyze text for fact-opinion, cause-effect, inferences, evidence, and conclusions.
GLE 0801.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
GLE 0801.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
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Learning objectives: 


  • Students will trace lives of key individuals as they journeyed from occupied Europe to the mountains of North Carolina.
  • Through the use of pictures and maps students will create a poster illustrating the individual’s journey from occupied Europe.
  • Students will create a journal that describes life in occupied Europe.

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • Regular Notebook and a writing utensil for each student
  • Eight pieces of poster board
  • Markers to be used on the poster board
  • Two-four pairs of sissors