One key component of the 9th Grade Critical Reading and Social Studies curriculum is teaching students how to ask questions. We think this is a really important skill for students to have, and recent research backs this up. As our students are coming to a close on our interdisciplinary unit about the Holocaust, here are some of the questions students have been asking and thinking about in Critical Thinking class:
- How could the Holocaust happen? What conditions in Germany made the Holocaust possible? What international conditions made the Holocaust possible?
- Why didn’t more people leave before it was too late?
- What factors prevented the international community from getting involved sooner?
- Is “just following orders” a legitimate defense?
- What are the warning signs of genocide?
Here are some specific questions students in Mrs. Boland’s class have generated throughout our unit:
This Wednesday, we’ll be visiting the Holocaust Memorial Center. I wonder what questions our students will ask…