Lesson Plans & Best Practices

Holocaust education is history, civics, social studies, literature, psychology, art, and so much more. Studying the Holocaust provides a scaffold for understanding how normalizing racism and exclusion in public discourse can result in normalizing racism and exclusion in public policy. By studying the Holocaust, students will learn the importance of actively seeking to build an equitable and inclusive society in which all people's rights and dignity are respected.

Explore the topics below to find classroom-ready lesson plans that align with Washington State's best practices for teaching about the Holocaust. If you are looking for step-by-step assistance, see our recommended unit outlines for ELA and Social Studies.

For specific resources and lesson plans related to literature, see our "Holocaust Literature."

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