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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

Holocaust education is history, literature, social studies, psychology, art, and so much more. It is through studying the Holocaust that we learn the importance of speaking out against bigotry and indifference, promoting equity, and taking action. 

Best Practices

Washington State SB 5612 states that beginning September 1, 2020, middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools that offer Holocaust instruction must follow Best Practices. The Best Practices lessons here are not exclusive. There are countless other high quality lessons, but for reasons of brevity, we have made a selection to highlight. We welcome your feedback, input and questions.  Email Paul Regelbrugge, Teaching and Learning Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where do I start?

  1. Review "Beginning Your Holocaust Unit" (See below). There are some great opening activities and information to help you set the stage for teaching the Holocaust. 
  2. Next - Look at the "Overview" for each theme. If you are short on time, you can just use these "Overviews" as your lessons. The Overview for each theme includes a summary, survivor video testimony and discusson questions. If you have more time, take a deep dive into one of the other lessons provided in that theme. 
  3. Proposed Outlines for Teaching the Holocaust - Outlines for ELA and SS, 1-2 weeks, 3-5 weeks, and complete units,  outlined for grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12.