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Classroom Curriculum – Sevek: The Boy Who Refused to Die

Elizabeth Shaw, Ed.D, St.Augustine Catholic H.S., Tucson, AZ, developed an excellent teaching curriculum using my book. You can access the full curriculum below.
Author: Based on the many contributions of educators and students throughout the country, this unit is designed to promote a wider understanding of The Holocaust through the use of the book: Sevek:The Boy Who Refused to Die.


Using the book, Sevek: The Boy Who Refused to Die, students will understand the development, the destruction and the overall impact of the Holocaust on the children who were persecuted and annihilated during World War II. Supplemental lesson plans and activities related to the Holocaust in general will be incorporated.

Learning Activities

Materials and Resources:

  1. Students look for old news articles on the Holocaust — articles that appeared at the time; students will produce a bulletin board memorial displayed in a key area of the school where visitors can look at it.
  2.  Students visit the Jewish Community Center in the city in which they live; interview speakers and other key individuals at the center; collect materials from the center and make a collage on poster board; present collage.
  3. Students write their own newspaper about a modern day Holocaust and its impact.
  4. Students create a reflection bulletin board where they are given a true experience to reflect upon and write about. The reflections can center around issues related to children of the Holocaust or it can be adapted to the Sevek book. For example, students can put themselves in Sevek’s place and write about what they think they might have done if they were him.
  5. Students read another book about children and The Holocaust and compare and contrast the experiences of the authors.


  1. A-Z Dictionary for Sevek.doc
  2. Concentration Camp Travels.doc
  3. Poland Map Activity.doc
  4. Reading Comprehension Questions.doc
  5. Vocabulary (General)
  6. Curriculum Overview

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