Teach 21: Gerda Weissmann Klein Conversation Highlights
Highlights of the conversation with Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust Survivor.
Elk Grove High School students recently had the opportunity to join secondary schools across the nation for an interactive videoconference with Holocaust survivor, human rights activist and Academy Award winner Gerda Weissmann Klein. As part of her Stand Up, Speak Out, Lend a Hand project, Klein shared her story of survival and resilience with students in Bob Levin’s 11th grade English class and Erin Goldman’s U.S. History class.
During the hour-long videoconference, Klein talked about her experiences under the Nazi regime during World War II and the final death march to a camp in Czechoslovakia. Rather than dwell on the horrors that she witnessed and experienced under six years of Nazi rule, she instead focused her presentation on “the love, the caring and the friendships that gave one hope” during that time. Following a question-and-answer session, she then challenged the students to make a difference in their own communities by developing projects that will improve the quality of life for people of all races, religions, economic conditions and physical or mental incapacities.
View the lesson plan extensions that go with this video on the Elk Grove USD Teach21 Wiki.
Grade 11 Lesson – Bob Levin’s Stand Up Speak Out
Grade 11 Lesson – Erin Goldman’s Beyond Anne Frank
About Teach 21 – Advancing Network Uses Grant: This project is funded by the state’s K12 High Speed Network (http://k12hsn.org) for the purpose of providing educators across the state with a vision for the meaningful integration of technology into the core curriculum and reinforcing 21st Century Learning Skills. The lesson Wiki includes the objectives, procedures, standards alignment (both state and national), materials, and links to additional resources. The lesson includes this 2-3 minute video clip with teacher interview, student interviews and a snapshot of what the lesson actually “looked like” in the classroom.
View Elk Grove USD Teach21 lesson plans at: https://anu-teach21.wikispaces.com/ANU+Home
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