Holocaust Curriculum Materials

Curriculum Materials



Why teach the Holocaust?

Click to read the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization) brochure! Please visit the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education‘s Website for curricular guides on the following: Grade Level Appropriate Curricular GuidesMultiple other Guides are available at this side, including the latest: The Holocaust in Greece The Commission has also announced an excellent resource on the Armenian Genocide, developed by the Bergen Community College Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. Students who have taken our graduate courses, “Teaching the Holocaust”, “Teaching Prejudice Reduction”, and our Advanced Seminars in these courses have developed curricula for use at all grade levels. They are listed below.  We hope to have many of them available online soon; for now they are available at the Holocaust Resource Center for teachers to borrow for use in their own districts.  Please contact the Center at hrc@kean.edu if you are interested in any of these curricula.  


The UNEDSCO has published a new online brochure titled “Why Teach About the Holocaust?” The purpose of this brochure is to aid those interested in introducing the history of the Holocaust in their teachings and curricula. click here to access the brochure Unique Curriculum for Women’s History Month – Female Resistance Fighters Celebrate Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment (this year’s theme for Women’s History Month), inspire your students with JPEF’s resources on Jewish women who fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators as soldiers, spies, saboteurs, commanders, medics and vital support personnel.

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New Jersey Commission on Holocaust EducationResources for the Classroom A Response Resource for the Classroom:
  • Fielding Common Questions Related to the History that Documents American Slavery
  • Fielding Common Questions Related to the History that Documents the Armenian Genocide
  • Fielding Common Questions Related to Holocaust Denial, the Veracity of Holocaust History, and the Origin of and
  • Motivation Behind the Denier Movement.

For more information, please click here. Here are a few easy-to-integrate resources you can use to enhance your curriculum: About the Programme  

Short Films: Introduction to the Jewish Partisans Antisemitism in the Partisans
Video Courses and Training: Resistance Basics Antisemitism in the Partisans Teaching with ‘Defiance’ Jewish Resistance Slideshow (available as PDF or PowerPoint)
Study Guides: Jewish Partisans Saving Jews Antisemitism in the Partisans Curriculum:Teaching with ‘Defiance’The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The theme for the 2014 observance is “Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses” National Days of Remembrance: April 27–May 4, 2014 Confronting the Holocaust Resources The Museum is providing a FREE two-disc CD/DVD. To receive, fill out the CD/DVD Order Form United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization The publication by UNESCO of a book titled Holocaust Education in a Global Context, features the gathering contributions of various Holocaust educators from different regions across the world. About Holocaust Education in a Global Context Holocaust Education in a Global Context PDF Bookshop, Libraries, and Archives New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education A resource “Anniversary Booklet” of key Holocaust/Genocide and human rights dates is now available. Teaching about these dates meets many common core standards and the content regarding bullying, bias, prejudice and intolerance.
To view the Anniversary Booklet, please click here. Rwandan Curriculum Guide A new curriculum guide of lesson plans commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is now available. It includes what led up to and what occurred during the atrocity and the events over the past 20 years.  The lesson plans are suitable for middle and high school students. Please view and distribute to all interested.
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  • Diversity and Respect
  • Literature: “The Giver”


  • Bullying: What is it?  Who does it?  What do we do about it?
  • Teaching Tolerance
  • Disability Awareness
  • Nutrition and the Food Pyramid
  • Discrimination and Bullying
  • Bias and Stereotyping
  • Tolerance and Prejudice Reduction
  • Understanding and Accepting Individual Differences
  • Tolerance of Students with Disabilities
  • Raising the Awareness of Stereotypes
  • Teaching Prejudice Reduction
  • Just for All: Encouraging Equity and Courage
  • Race
  • Many Different People, Many Different Families
  • Diversity and Struggle for Freedom
  • Thinking about Our Beliefs
  • Literature-General (2)
  • Literature-Respecting Diversity
  • Literature-“Night Crossing”
  • Literature-“Journey to America”
  • Immigrant Experience
  • Bystanders
  • Being Different
  • Through the Eyes of a Friend
  • Rescue
  • Number the Stars (2)
  • Holocaust Through Art
  • Tolerance
  • Literature: “Daniel’s Story”


    • Memoir Writing
    • Maniac Magee and Racial Conflicts
    • Women in Science
    • Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
    • Gender Equity: Sex Roles and Stereotyping
    • Ethnicity
    • Tolerance Discrimination Respect
    • Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
    • Integration of Torn Thread into Daniel’s Story Unit
    • Coming To America
    • Celebrating Ourselves
    • The Giver (Unit Plan on Novel)
    • Books and Movies/Videos
    • The Holocaust: Integrated Math Unit
    • What Does a Scientist Look Like? /What would it be like to be Visually Impaired?
    • Ancient Civilizations
    • When Science Goes Bad: A Study in Racism
    • Teaching Students Social and Civic Responsibility When Facing Prejudice
    • Teaching the Holocaust
    • Christopher Columbus and the Age of Discovery
    • Disabilities in the Media
    • Gender Bias
    • Reducing Prejudice Toward People With Physical Differences
    • Teaching Prejudice Reduction to Gifted and Talented Students
    • Prejudice Reduction Through Film
    • Teaching Tolerance and Prejudice Reduction (7th Grade Spanish)
    • Prejudice Reduction: What Can We Do?

  • Literature: “Number the Stars”
  • Responsibility to Act
  • History
  • History/Literature
  • Web Power Point Presentation


  • Resistance During the Holocaust
  • Resistance and Intervention
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
  • Ethics in Holocaust Education
  • Teaching the Holocaust Through Art
  • The Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • Quantifying Benevolence in a Statistics Class
  • What is Identity (Bridging Neighboring Identities)
  • State Controlled Genocides
  • Multicultural Education
  • Combating Antisemitism
  • Discrimination of Hispanics
  • Understanding Diverse Cultures and Ethnicity
  • The Power of Persuasion in Teaching the Holocaust
  • Displaced Persons
  • Self-Awareness & Establishing Opportunities for Students With Learning Disabilities
  • Starting a Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Intolerance, the Role of the Bystander, Government Intervention or Inaction and the Path to Genocide
  • Price of Knowledge in Science and Politics
  • Roots of Antisemitism Through the Holocaust
  • Art as Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
  • The Rwandan Genocide
  • Civil Rights Movement: The Movement Continues
  • Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in Right-Wing Extremism
  • Developing Assertive Communication Skills
  • Understanding Self-Concept as a Bridge to Improving Academic Achievement
  • Immigrants’ Difficulties
  • Classism
  • Discrimination Lesson Plans Using Sleeter and Grant Model
  • Multicultural Curriculum
  • Teaching the Holocaust and Modern Genocide to Students with Special Needs
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Minority Experiences in American Society
  • Multicultural Poetry
  • American Humanities
  • The Beast From Within: Lord of the Flies
  • Teaching “Night” in English and Math
  • Intro to the Holocaust and Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders, Rescuers, and Resisters
  • Effects of Youth Gang Culture: Comparing America Today and Nazi Germany
  • Global Humanities
  • Teaching Antisemitism in Germany During the Holocaust
  • Le Chambon: Ou On a Fait Du Bon
  • Reducing Prejudice Towards People with Disabilities
  • Single Group Studies
  • Choose it Changes Everything
  • Resistance
  • Japanese Immigration and Japanese American Internment During World War II
  • L’affaire Halimi: Prejudice and Antisemitism
  • Discrimination and Obesity
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • Islam and Muslim People
  • Promoting Awareness ad Respect for Self and Others
  • Interaction Between Native Americans & Europeans
  • A Social, Political and Economic Analysis of Poverty and Prejudice in America
  • Poverty Project: Cases, Causes and Classism     
  • Poverty in South America (for Spanish Language Classes)
  • Le Chambon La Colline Aux Milles Enfants (for French Language Classes) 
  • Prejudice Reduction: Hispanics in The United States (for Spanish Language Classes)
  • A Biological Approach to Race Teaching the Importance of Genetic Biodiversity
  • Film Studies: “The Lunch Date” and “Rabbit Run Free”