Holocaust Remembrance Series Teacher Resource

Holocaust Remembrance Series Teacher Resource


By Shawntelle Nesbitt

This comprehensive teacher's guide is designed to accompany the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers.

This package includes a five-part teaching guide with resources and activities that:

  • Explores the following major themes: Identity; Community; Rights; Responsibilities; The power to choose; How our choices are influenced; The effects our choices have on the world around us.
  • Are highly adaptable and easily integrated into existing classroom programming.

Five separate sections that include full lesson plans with handouts that fulfill Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations in language arts, the arts, social and character education. This guide's design allows for immediate integration into the language arts block.

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About the Author

Shawntelle Nesbitt is a former elementary teacher who designs educational programs that address issues of identity, community, human rights, and social justice. Her materials have been integrated into schools in Canada and the United States.

Product Information

  • Release: January 4, 2010

  • $149.00 Spiral Bound

  • 544 Pages

  • 8.5 x 11

  • Educational Resource

  • Grades 4-8

  • ISBN: 9781897187944


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > War & Conflict
    > Social Justice

Praise for The Holocaust Remembrance Series Teacher Resource

"I am happy to report that after two years of working to improve the safety of our students at Harmony Heights P.S. we are making progress. Among other strategies that we have used, the Holocaust Curriculum written by Shawntelle Nesbitt has been a significant part of our strategy for teaching tolerance and understanding and reducing bullying at Harmony Heights. I am pleased to report that the incidence of students who are reporting that they 'never feel safe at school' has been reduced from 10% to 1.1%. I cannot say categorically that the growth in safety and security as perceived by the children is solely due to the curriculum but I can say that it has played an important part in changing the culture at our school.  In fact when I came to Harmony Heights three years ago the principal told me the school was a tough school. Last year we won the YWCA Random Acts of Kindness award and were declared the 'Kindest School in Durham!' Thank you very much for your inspired leadership in creating this valued resource." - Bob Bettridge, Vice Principal at Harmony Heights Public School, Oshawa, ON

The Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource Guide exemplifies true social justice and equity education! It is also a resource that can be used in its entirety or as standalone social justice and critical literacy lessons. In my role as Literacy/Numeracy Coach it has also been awesome to hear teachers talking about how it was the most powerful and helpful resource that they used within the last year. They speak of how easy the resource is to use. Teachers in my schools also speak about how much it increases student engagement; which we know leads to student success! Shawntelle, the author and creator of this resource is not only a friend, but a mentor for me and many others in the area of social justice education.” - Vicki Davis D’Abreu, Literacy/Numeracy Coach K-6

“As a children’s author writing about the Holocaust, I have spoken in hundreds of schools and libraries across North America. I am continually asked by educators for help in teaching this sensitive topic to young readers.  I am delighted that this comprehensive guide will now be available. It not only provides a complete overview of history, literature, activities, etc., but it also matches all of this information with board curriculum expectations. This is an important resource, and one that will be an invaluable tool for teachers in the classroom." - Kathy Kacer, author of nine books in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers

“A rich resource for the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers. The series guide draws from a broad range of exceptionally thoughtful, effective strategies designed to deepen students’ engagement with the Holocaust. Teachers will find these teaching materials terrific for helping them link students’ lived experiences with the historical context of the Holocaust.” - Belarie Hyman Zatzman, Associate Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

"I have never seen my Grade 7/8 class so engaged before I started using the Holocaust Remembrance Series For Young Readers Resource Guide. I love the way it is laid out, it is so easy to follow. The most valuable aspect, in my opinion, is that every lesson is extremely practical and realistic. I look forward to the teaching the next lesson every day, as do my students!" - Talya Good, Junior/Intermediate Special Education Resource Teacher, Grade 7/8 - Glen Street Public School

"Enables students to first learn to see beyond themselves, and then to reach deep down inside to be the change they want to see in the world around them. With this awareness and skill set, students will be ready to interpret and respond to a wide variety of social injustices; including those with respect First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories, cultures and perspectives in Canada.” - Deanna Fry, Aboriginal Education Facilitator - Durham District School Board