Hide or Flee?
Surviving the Holocaust
A Webquest for 8th Grade Language Arts students studying : The Diary of Anne Frank
IF you were given the choice to hide in your bedroom with two other people for the duration of two years, not being able to go outside at any time; OR to flee your country with nothing to your name, what would you choose to do? Neither of these options will guarantee your survival, but they will give you a chance at freedom and, more importantly, life.
Not many of us have ever been faced with the above choice, yet during a time period in history referred to as The Holocaust; 11 million people were faced with that exact decision. They either had to go into hiding, not knowing how long they would be there and having to rely on the kindness of others; OR they had to leave everything behind and try to flee to another country to begin a completely new life.
WHICH WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN?
Within your group, you will need to decide who will play which role in your family: father, mother, oldest daughter, and youngest daughter. Once you each have a role to play, you will find and examine information about The Holocaust and its effect on Jewish families during WWII by doing the following:
Research the history of The Holocaust in
· Identify the options given to Jewish families - to hide or flee
· Summarize the pros and cons of the two options
· Make a collaborative decision on which choice to make as a family
Once your group has made a decision as a family, you must then do the following:
· Write a persuasive essay to other families that would help them make the decision
Part 1: Role Play/Research
In order to come to consensus within your group, you need to do a good amount of research for both sides. As a group you will need to do the following in the order listed:
1. Read the following paragraph regarding a short background of The Holocaust. Click on the links to gain more information about certain areas of its history. Take any notes you feel might help you later. Remember: you can always come back to theses links later if you need more information.
The Holocaust is generally regarded as the systematic slaughter of not only 6 million Jews, (two-thirds of the total European Jewish population), the primary victims, but also 5 million others, approximately 11 million individuals wiped off the Earth by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It is hard to grasp the idea that it was not 11 million deaths, but 11 million people whose lives were cut off because of racism and hate, all in a period of 11 years (1933-1945). There are actually two main phases to the Holocaust, the period between 1933 and 1939, the Nazi rise, and the period between 1939 and 1945, the period of war, or more specifically, World War II. The first concentration camp opened in January 1933, when the Nazis came to power, and continued to run until the end of the war and the Third Reich: May 8, 1945.
2. Once you have an idea about the general history of the holocaust, choose your roles within the family. Once you have decided, click on your picture to get your assignment. Get a copy of your worksheet on the counter.
Once all members are finished doing their research, click on the link below to get your next assignment and begin the decision making process of whether to hide or flee.
3. Using all of the information gathered, make a decision to hide or flee. Remember, you are a family and must make a unanimous decision.
4. You should come up with a specific, well-organized thesis at this time. You can get help with creating a thesis by using the thesis builder, which creates a workable persuasive thesis and somewhat helpful outline. During this essay, you are allowed to acknowledge and disagree with your opposition. You must also support your opinions as well as the statements you use from the research.
5. Using your knowledge of how to write a 5 paragraph essay, answer the following question. Before you begin your essay, you need to have three reasons for your choice as well as three supporting details for each reason. Make sure that you follow the requirements for each paragraph as follows:
· Paragraph one – intro, 3 reasons stated, thesis statement
· Paragraph two – discuss, explain and defend reason one
· Paragraph three – discuss, explain and defend reason two
· Paragraph four – discuss, explain and defend reason three
· Paragraph five - restate thesis, restate 3 reasons, final thought
· Question: Given your knowledge of The Holocaust and your options as a family to try to survive, what are you going to do: stay or flee?
Remember: you are writing this as an essay or letter to try to persuade other families in the same situation to do what you are doing.
Use the following links for diagrams and reminders of the 5 paragraph essay:
Organizing your essay:
Writing your essay:
6. The final draft must be a professional-looking, properly formatted product. It must be typed, 12-14 point font, and double spaced. You may use a creative font as long as it is easily readable. Remember to proofread your final copy.
7. Your final project will be due __________________.
Your performance will be evaluated as a group based on the final copy of your Five Paragraph Essay based on the rubric below. If you wish, you may chose to print a copy of the rubric to aid you as you work on the essay by clicking on the rubric link.
Researched Persuasive Essay : Hide or Flee
By completing the above assignment, you now have a better idea as to why
some Jewish families chose to hide from the Holocaust while others decided to
flee. Either way, the Jewish
If you are interested in doing more research about The Holocaust or the survivors of The Holocaust, please brows the links below:
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A very special thanks to Eric Verno and Holly Marsh for providing the information and help required to create this Webquest.
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