World War II Immersion Lesson Ms. Holden

What is an Allegory?

Allegory- a story, poem or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.

Terrible Things Discussion

Take a few minutes at your table to discuss each of these questions. I will ask for volunteers to share out!

  • How did the animals in the clearing get along before the Terrible Things came?
  • How did the animals react to the Terrible Things when they first came for the creatures with feathers on their backs?
  • How did the animals explain the selections made by the Terrible Things?
  • Why did the Terrible Things take the animals away one group at a time?

Most Importantly:

  • How is this an ALLEGORY of the Holocaust?

Articles- the Resistance/ Martin Niemoller

Read the paragraph assigned to your group. In your WHAT I LEARNED column, write a one sentence summary to share with the class. You have 5 minutes!

Famous Quote from Niemoller

Niemoller Discussion

In your group, take a few minutes to discuss the following questions. I will ask for volunteers to share out!

  • Who is the they he is referring to? What does he mean by came for?
  • What does he mean by “I didn’t speak up”? How COULD he have “spoken up”?
  • Who is the narrator of this quote supposed to be?

Most Importantly:

  • Do you think that everyone in Germany was partially responsible for the Nazi’s rise to power, or were only those that were active in the Nazi party responsible? Come to a consensus as a group and explain your answer.
  • How much responsibility do you feel for what takes place around you: in your school, in your city, in your country, in the world? What are some things in each of those places you feel responsible for?

Your Turn

Your group’s assignment is to update Niemoller’s quote to reflect a current local, national, or worldwide issue that you feel everyone should take responsibility for. Some examples could be school bullying, air or water pollution, or civil liberties.

Tip: It will be easier to write if you choose something you really believe in!

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