Unit Overview 

Learners learn about the Holocaust through primary and secondary sources, and they identify the philanthropic acts that contributed to saving lives and helping the war. They discover the role of ongoing philanthropic institutions and grassroots actions in their community and state.

Service Experience 
Students develop a relationship with residents at a senior living facility and interview their friends about their knowledge of philanthropic work during a war (especially World War II).   Students create a resource for others to read about the philanthropic activities of community members during World War II. The resource will include ideas for working with nonprofit agencies today.  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (6-8)
Lesson 1 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is for learners to identify and evaluate the use of primary sources to learn about our past. They will gain an understanding of how to analyze the information found within a primary source and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Themes of philanthropy and philanthropic roles within the community in the Diary of Anne Frank will be analyzed and discussed. Learners will gain an understanding that they too have opportunities to leave accurate records of their lives for people in the  future to explore.

Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (6-8)
Lesson 3 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is to illustrate philanthropic acts of individuals in response to crises during the Holocaust, specifically the Warsaw Ghetto. Learners will apply strategies of philanthropy to current issues of human rights abuses. Learners will identify philanthropic themes of community building.

Unit: 
Communities in Crisis (6-8)
Lesson 5 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

Learners will construct a questionnaire as a needs assessment tool to determine the roles of senior citizens in their community during World War II. Learners will interview the seniors at a local seniors' residence to obtain primary source information. Compiled information will be presented with presentation software and written accounts of residents' remembrances of World War II.