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Teacher Resources

Downloadable Lesson Plans

The Sydney Jewish Museum offers curriculum-linked teaching resources underpinned by rigorous research and expert subject knowledge.

Sneak behind the scenes of the Museum to discover a range of case studies, videos, objects and images, that will help you bring history to life for your students.

Below is a range of resources available for you to download and incorporate into your teaching materials.

These resources are dedicated to the memory of the Chotiner, Kraemer & Schifter families.

Teacher Resources
Lesson Plan: The Nature of Nazi Ideology – Introduction
Free

This resource delves into the nature of the ideology of the Nazi Party, of which Adolf Hitler served as head.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: HSC Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World - 1919-1946
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Worksheet: What is the Holocaust? (ESL/EFL)
Free

This resource is designed for ESL/EFL students that are being introduced to the Holocaust to the first time.
  • Stage: 5
  • Subject: History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Core Study - Depth Study 3: Australians at War: World Wars I and II (1914-1918, 1939-1945)
    • Depth Study 6: School-developed topic
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Lesson Plan: The Impact of the Nazi Regime on Life in Germany – Women
Free

In this lesson focused on the impact of the Nazi regime on women, students will engage in practical source analysis.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 6 HSC Modern History, Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World - 1919-1946
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Lesson Plan: Investigation of Historic Sites and Sources – Serniki
Free

In this resource students explore a site in a small rural town Serniki, where about 850 men, women and children were massacred in 1942.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History
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Lesson Plan: Contestability of the Past – Heydrich’s Schnellbrief
Free

This lesson plan explores the contestability of the past through the lens of the Schnellbrief: a document that may have provided authorisation for establishment of ghettos.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History
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Lesson Plan: Representation and Commemoration of the Past – Holocaust Memorials
Free

This lesson plan introduces students to a range of memorials and the ways they represent and commemorate the Holocaust.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History
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Lesson Plan: History and Memory – Treblinka
Free

A lesson plan exploring the historical site of Treblinka extermination camp through testimony of two individuals who experienced it very differently.
  • Stage: 6
  • Subject: Modern History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 6 Preliminary Modern History, Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History
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Lesson Plan: Analysing Camp Uniforms
Free

A resource to help students analyse collection objects to learn more about camp uniforms and the internees forced to wear them in the Holocaust.
  • Stage: 5
  • Subject: History
  • Curriculum links:
    • Stage 5: History, Core Study - Depth Study 3: Australians at War: World Wars I and II (1914-1918, 1939-1945)
    • Depth Study 6: School-developed topic
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Lesson Plan: Before and After Your Museum Visit
Free

Pre and post visit resources for teachers to ensure students get the most out of their visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum.
  • Stages: 4, 5, 6
  • Subjects: History, English, Legal Studies, Modern History
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Video Resources

Browse our selection of short videos featuring educators and curators speaking about objects from the Sydney Jewish Museum collection.

Use them in your lessons, or share them with your students and enable them to come face to face with the evidence and artefacts. Bring your lessons to life as we share the hidden stories these objects tell.

Below is a range of videos available for you to incorporate into your teaching materials.

The yellow star and its many meanings
A bag carried by Bronislawa: learn the story of one woman’s impossible choice
A suitcase from Auschwitz reveals a monumental deception
A canvas bag carried by Bronislawa: learn the story of one woman’s impossible choice

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