Memorials of World War II and the Holocaust

Essential Questions:

How do we remember the past?
How does can artistic expression help us understand an event?
How can individuals use art to express emotions and personal experiences?

Project Description:
In accordance with the study of the Holocaust and World War II, the eighth grade will create memorials to those deserving remembrance from this era.

Required Components:

• The study of previously created memorials throughout the world (research questions and list of existing monuments)

• Presentation of information based on this study (Sample Presentation)

• Research an event from WWII to plan your memorial

• The planning and creation of a three dimensional memorial related to WW II or the Holocaust including
• The writing of a final draft which explains the thought, planning, materials, construction process and symbolism of the memorial designed

• The writing of poetry based on the novel Night by Eli Wiesel

• Through writing, reading, audio, singing, and playing instruments students will learn about music of the 20th century. As a band students will play the song, "Sing, Sing, Sing", among others.

Standards, Strands, Skills (Students will learn, do): 
  • reading
  • writing
  • research 
  • speaking
  • history
  • economics
  • art
  • singing and playing instruments

  • Memorial with Artist Statement
  • Poem
  • Memorial and Event Research
  • "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Foreign Language

Essential Question:  How can we express the past in French or Spanish?

Project Description:

Students will create a travel journal in French or Spanish that describes a trip to a region of France or a Spanish speaking country that was involved in WW II.  They will resource war memorials in that area and include the history of the memorials and the area as well.

Required Components:

  • Research of a French region or Spanish speaking country involved in WW II
  • Understanding of and ability to write in past tense in French or Spanish
Standards, strands, skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing in Past Tense
  • Exchange of Information and Knowledge
  • Understanding of Target Culture and History
Major Assessments:
French or Spanish travel journal