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Subject: Social Studies

Grade: 9-12

Brief Description

Students research and report on the operation of a concentration camp.


  • Students will be able to use maps and research material to gather information.
  • Students will be able to organize and present this information.

Key words

Deportation, concentration camp, selection, extermination

Lesson Plan

Using classroom materials, the library, and the Internet, choose one concentration camp and find out more about it. Consider these questions:

  • When was the camp established?
  • Was it built to be a camp or were existing buildings remodeled?
  • Where was it located?
  • What towns or villages were nearby? How many people lived there?
  • How many people were sent to the camp? Where did they come from? How did they get there? Were there different forms of transportation?
  • How many children were in the camp?
  • How many people died in the camp?
  • Were people liberated from the camp? How many? Who were the liberators?


Write a report about the camp and present it in class. Use maps to show the location of the camp; and within the came, the barracks, work areas, etc.

Discussion Questions

  • Do facts about the camps make them seem more real to you? Why or why not?
  • Do you think the details of building and running the camps distracted the Nazis from the horror of what they were doing?

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