Stage 4 & 5 English, suggested fiction texts
Stage 6 English (Standard); English (Advanced); English Extension 1 and Extension 2
About the program:
Historical fiction is a unique way for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. Graphic novels like MAUS, works of young adult fiction like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and films such as The Pianist, Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful provide the opportunity for audiences to consider how history is conveyed and how it informs popular culture. This interactive session will explore the issues of historical accuracy and authorship.
We recommend the following texts:
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase
Jacqui French, Hitler’s Daughter
Art Spiegelman, MAUS
Morris Gleitzman, Once, Now and Then
Eli Wiesel, Night
Life is Beautiful
When making your booking, please inform us which texts you are studying so that we can tailor your program accordingly.
The program includes:
- Interactive seminar with a Museum educator
- First-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor
- Guided tour of the Museum
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Plan your visit
On the day
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time and assemble students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
- Please send a member of staff to the main museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
- Students will enter via the main museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road.
- Note that the museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.
What to bring
- Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring large backpacks.
- If the students plan to eat before or after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.
- We strive to make our programs accessible and inclusive to students of all needs and abilities. Please advise us if you have any additional needs for your visit.
- Note that the content covered at the museum may be distressing to some students.
- We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.
- An invoice will be sent after your visit, unless organised otherwise.
Confirmation of numbers
- All bookings must confirm any changes to student numbers 7 days prior to the visit in writing, or original booking numbers will be charged in full.
Cancellations and booking changes
- Changes and cancellations including dates, times and student numbers must be made in writing.
- Each booking is permitted two changes at no cost. Each additional change over and above these two changes will incur a $30 administration fee.
- Cancellations made within 7 working days of the scheduled booking will be charged in full.
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Pre and post visit lesson plans
Our Educators have created activities and resources for teachers to use to engage students before and after their visit to the Museum.
Introduce your students to studying the Holocaust. This program explores key historical events that contributed to this cataclysmic event unfolding.Resisting the Holocaust
This program challenges the misconception that Jews went “like lambs to the slaughter”, with examples of Jewish resistance.Conflict in Europe: World War II and the War Against the Jews
Explore Europe as a hub of conflicting political ideologies. Students will focus on Operation Barbarossa and the intrinsic link between the Holocaust and the aims of the Nazis to create a racial empire in Europe.