Eighth-graders at Sartartia Middle School recently took part in a virtual lesson developed by Vanderbuilt University Virtual School, titled Beyond Anne Frank: Why Study the Holocaust? Presented by Danielle Kahane Kaminski, director of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the lesson supported the students’ study of the book, Night, by Elie Wiesel.
The lesson’s objectives were to have students: compare their knowledge to factual study of the Holocaust; listen to and analyze narrative accounts of the Holocaust through videoconferences; describe the circumstances that led to the Holocaust; and investigate the conditions facing Holocaust victims.
The lesson examined the progression of events leading to the Holocaust and supported reasons why the Holocaust should be studied in today’s classrooms. Through website images, students learned about the initial labeling and classification of Jewish people. They also received real-time testimonies from Holocaust survivors through videoconferencing technology. Thanks to the Vanderbuilt University Virtual School, Sartartia made the best use of videoconferencing technology to enhance learning by connecting students and teachers to experts.