Performance Task on The Role of the Witness

Download 24.03 Kb.
Size24.03 Kb.
Performance Task on The Role of the Witness 

Find two or more sources that show different perspectives on the Holocaust. You must start by using Discus on the school’s data base or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( Your second source must be approved by me. Wikipedia can only be used a starting point or as a third source. Do not select people if you can’t find enough information on them to answer the questions on the following pages. The sources you find should educate you on a variety of points of view. Your articles and other primary sources will need to focus on two of the following: 

1. A non-Jewish person who risked his or her life to help others. You must learn that person’s background as well as what happened to them as a result. (Examples include Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, or Irena Sendler.) 
2. A person who spoke out against the Nazis and the treatment of the Jews. (Examples include Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Lucas Κarrer.)


3. A Jewish person who fought back either during the Holocaust or afterward. (Examples include Simon Wiesenthal or the Zegota organization) 

4. A person or group who acted as a collaborator. The Holocaust Memorial Museum has a section entitled “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust.”  
5. A person who became of a member of the Nazi party and participated in the holocaust. (Examples include Hermann Goering and Rochus Misch) 


You need to spend some time searching before you select the people that you are going to research. There should be some reason that you connected them. Perhaps they grew up in the same country or both of them were soldiers or teenagers or religious leaders. I suggest that you look on the Holocaust Memorial Museum website and investigate before you select your research topics.  





Research Rubric Name ______________________________ 

Mrs. Cannady  Period _____ Date _____ 

Daily grades – Both are due no later than Oct. 29

(1) Planning worksheets-- 2 daily grades  


(2) Printed and highlighted articles--1 daily grade 



Major Grade (Due Wed Nov 4th) + 10 for depth of knowledge or use of extra sources 

(3)  Comparison/contrast essay--80 points (1-2 typed pages) 

The essay must use MLA format and be typed using Times New Roman 12 point font. Sources must be cited properly in the essay.  

(4) Works Cited Page--Minimum of two sources--20 points 
Homework Grade (Due Thursday Nov 5th) 

(5) Visual and presentation--110 points   

List the people that you are going to research, their role as resister, rescuer, collaborator, etc and a brief description of each. 


  1. ________________________________________________________________ 

Name Role 




  1. ________________________________________________________________ 

Name Role 









Step by step process 


1. Print the articles that you use. You may need to copy and paste into word

documents to be able to print. It’s fine to use information from different pages on and still consider it one source.  

2. Use the articles to answer the questions on the planning pages.  

3. Write a four paragraph comparison/contrast essay, including an introduction,

two body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 

4. The introduction should give background information on the Holocaust and the

choices people made.  

5. Write at least two paragraphs on the people or groups you researched. Make

sure these paragraphs are extended and include enough information to

describe the people involved. You must cite your sources in these paragraphs.  

6. Then, write at least one paragraph comparing and contrasting the two people’s

experiences and reactions. What connection did you find between the two people and their experiences? 

7. Write a works cited entry in MLA format for each article or other source you

used. You will earn bonus points if you use more than two sources.  

  • We will be in the library computer lab on Thursday, Oct 22nd. You are expected to print your articles and your “about us” on each source.  

  • We will be in the computer lab on Monday November 2nd. Your research project is due on Wednesday Nov 4th. You must also upload it to  

8. Now create a two part visual. One side or part should show the perspective on

the first person or group you researched while the other side should show the perspective on the second person or group you researched. The poster should be clearly labeled. Use bullets, labels, dates, quotations, etc. You may include maps, timelines, etc. Anything that will educate us about the people you researched. Make sure that the visuals are neat and clearly visible to your audience. Your visuals are due on Nov 4th and will be presented to the class on Thurs Nov 4th or Friday Nov 5th.  




Planning sheet Name ________________________ 

Mrs. Cannady Period _______ Date ____________ 
Name of person or group being researched: ____________________________________ 

Category: _______________________________________________________________ 

Source being used ________________________________________________________ 
Due on Thursday Oct 29th 

Analyze the point of view by answering the following questions:  

  1. The sources you select must show different perspectives or points of view on the Holocaust. Describe the source or sources you used. If you only use the holocaust museum, then include a list of places on the website where you located information. 






  1. What was the person’s background? You need to educate yourself on when and where this person lived and was involved in the holocaust.  







  1. Describe the city, the camp, the country, etc. where the person lived. What was it like there? You will need to include more than one setting if the person moved.  






  1. How was the person involved or affected by the war? What did that person do when they saw injustice around him or her? Include specific examples of stories and details.  





  1. How did this person respond to tragedy or injustice? What did they say about their response? 






  1. What happened to the people you researched? Did they survive the war? What about their families? Did they speak out about their experiences? 

Share with your friends:

The database is protected by copyright © 2020
send message

    Main page