Examining the Holocaust Through Literature

Course Number: 140

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one semester of the English graduation requirement.

***This course is offered on a rotating basis and will be available for registration during ODD graduation years (ex: 2023, 2025, 2027, etc.).

Course Description:
Examining the Holocaust Through Literature is a semester-long course that satisfies one semester of the standard 12th grade English course requirement. This course explores the themes, voices, origins, development, and experience of the Holocaust through a variety of genres, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, children’s literature, and a variety of nonfiction texts in order to gain a better understanding of the Holocaust and its significant impact on humanity. The study of these texts includes reflective and analytical writing opportunities. Students use critical thinking skills, as modeled by their teacher, and will apply them to assignments independently and in cooperative-learning groups. Students are challenged to develop their skills through class discussions, writing assignments, creative projects, oral presentations, and the use of college level writing requirements. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Five Chimneys by Olga Lengyel. ISBN: 978-0897333764
  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944. ISBN: 978-0805210156
  • *Additional books can be identified on the syllabus.

Additional texts will be provided in PDF format by the instructor.

Note: Summer reading texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes