Historical Fiction: To Hope and Back (Holocaust/S.S. St. Louis) – Monday – Winter 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7
Monday, January 9 2023 @ 3:00PM – Monday, March 20 2023 @ 4:30PM EST
Instructor Email:[email protected]
Grade/Level:5 – 7
Day of Week:Monday
Class Times:3:00PM – 4:30PM (ET)
Can you imagine reaching out to the president of the United States about a ship full of Jewish refugees, who are going to be sent to concentration camps or worse, death camps, if they return to Germany, and the President of the United States not responding?
This class is about the true story of a journey on a ship, The SS St. Louis, sailing in 1939 with just under 900 Jewish passengers and what happened to them.
The story of Lisa and Sol, two young children on the SS St. Louis, is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of these innocent children, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.
Together, we will read, discuss, map out the route taken, understand the history, discuss the prejudice and hatred, and try to understand why the world turned their back on The SS St. Louis.
PLEASE NOTE: The focus of this class will be on pre-WW2, specifically Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the voyage of the S.S. St. Louis. We will lightly cover some of the horrors of the holocaust in the simplest of terms for our young learners.
The class will be a combination of reading comprehension, discussion, lecture, interactive notebooks, writing, and projects (timeline and map).
BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE TOPIC, STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ AHEAD OF THE CLASS.
Students will receive approximately two to two and a half hours of homework weekly in the form of reading, keeping an interactive notebook and writing (informal journaling).
NOTE: Registration deadline is December 15, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.
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