Short Story – Activity

[Excerpt From Holodomor in Ukraine, The Genocidal Famine 1932-­33: Teaching Materials for Teachers and Students – By Valentina Kuryliw]

Reading a short story about the Holodomor: Response to Literature Chart  (2)

Appropriate for Students:

Grades 9-12

Curriculum Fit / Specific Expectations / Learning Outcomes:

Please select outcomes you wish to cover from either English language arts or so- cial studies or history and prepare an assessment to share with the students at the outset.

Materials Required:

A Hunger Most Cruel: The Human Face of the 1932-1933 Terror- Famine inSoviet Ukraine, A. Dimarov, Y. Hutsalo, O. Zvychayna. Language Lanterns Publications, 2002 (short stories)

Recommended reading: short stories by Anatoliy Dimarov, Yevhen Hutsalo and Olena Zvychayna

Kobzar’s Children, “The Rings”, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006.

Set-up Required:

Create student groups.


Students read a story and complete the chart given.

Response to Literature Chart (2)

  1. Title of story:
  2. Author:
  3. Description of the main character:
  4. Main Plot:
  5. Living Conditions:
  6. Victims were:
  7. Perpetrators were:
  8. Henchmen were:
  9. Bystanders/Observers were:
  10. Rescuers were:

Examples of Human Rights Abuse:



Examples of Discrimination:



Effect on the human condition:

Two key items I learned from the story were:



Students share their answers in small  groups.

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