Ordinary things?

Created by    Paul Salmons 

In a highly visual world full of material objects, the ways in which we ‘see’ and understand what is around us can often be taken for granted.

Although we are fortunate that we have various artefacts from the time of the Holocaust, to the casual eye many of these objects may appear banal since they are often ‘ordinary’, everyday things. However, when approached and viewed differently, these physical materials can offer unique and profound learning opportunities to develop students’ historical knowledge, understanding and disciplinary skills.

Scroll down for lesson plan and accompanying PowerPoint. For further pedagogical guidance on how to work with historical artefacts see the film below ‘Footprints’, developed for the United Nations outreach programme.

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About this resource

  • An unforgettable 'authentic encounter' with the past
  • Creates space for students to make sense and meaning
  • Develops a respect for evidence and critical thinking skills
  • Provides a way of beginning a series of lessons on the Holocaust


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