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Grade 9
Historical (World)

Ninth Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of four World Historical Sites, the Holocaust Memorial, the Jewish Museum of Florida, the Jay I. Kislak Gallery, or the Florida Renaissance Festival. Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected historical sites and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Dade County as you allow them to experience all that the Miami-Dade County has to offer.

Curriculum Resources

For All Grade 9:


The Holocaust Memorial
1933-1945 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

(please email with name of school, number of students, and 2 possible dates OR register at; click the Education link and complete the online form)

The Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach is a structure that memorializes its victims, serves as solace to its survivors, and informs with factual representations in pictures and words of this century's greatest human crime. The program at the Memorial is approximately 1-1.5 hours long and includes a 22-minute documentary film on the creation of the Holocaust Memorial, guided walking tour through the Memorial and a discussion/question period with a Holocaust survivor.

Please see the enclosed brochure and be sure to visit our website for further information on how to prepare your students, additional resources. If you plan to bring lunch boxes, the Botanical Garden adjacent to the Memorial is an ideal place to have lunch. Please call the Botanical Garden at 305-673-7256  and make arrangements with them (closed on Monday).

Please be aware that the Memorial is outdoors, so students should wear hats and bring water. The students are welcome to bring their videos and cameras and take as many pictures as they would like.

Lida Shukrie

Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

The Museum depicts the universal themes of the immigrant experience and acculturation process through the Jewish experience in Florida, from 1763 when Jews were first allowed to live here to the present. Through our exhibits and programs, the Museum demonstrates how ethnic groups all seek to balance the continuity and traditions of their heritage with the values and customs of a larger society. These themes resonate with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Multi-Media Experiences. Photos, films, artifacts, primary sources and oral histories are used to present topics: immigration, community development, discrimination, earning a living, acculturation and identity formation.

Competency Based Curriculum and Sunshine State Standards: Exhibits and Tours fulfill benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).

Curriculum Resources: Lesson plans with pre-, on-site & post-visit activities are available for each exhibit.

Multicultural Museum Education. In a Museum setting, programs complement classroom curriculum and engage, inspire, stimulate and motivate students to THINK and LEARN about cultural diversity and the contributions of multiple ethnic groups to the state of Florida.

Ongoing Permanent Exhibit: MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
Through photographs, artifacts, and documents, this exhibit highlights the cultural heritage and contributions of Jewish Floridians to the development of the state, as a universal model of immigration and acculturation

Temporary Exhibit: Wooden Synagogues of Poland & the Florida Connection
9/13/2011 - 3/18/2012
An intriguing and engaging set of wooden models of 17th and 18th century synagogues which reflect the loss of Jewish cultural heritage from Poland, which hosted 80% of the Jewish population (3.3 million people) before World War II. Moreover, 80% of American Jews or their ancestors are from Poland. Through photographs, documents and artifacts, we explore the story of 40 Floridian families whose origins are from 40 cities and towns in Poland.

Temporary Exhibit: Once Upon a Time in Lithuania & the Florida Connection
4/3/2012 - 9/30/2012
Paintings, by Naomi Alexander, chronicling the last remnants of the Jewish heritage from Lithuania. Through photographs, documents and artifacts, we explore the story of Floridian families who immigrated from Lithuania.

Yehudis Levitin

Jay I. Kislak Gallery
7900 Miami Lakes Drive West
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Assembled over five decades, the Kislak Collection features art works, artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps and historic documents related to exploration and the early history and cultures of the Americas. Current Kislak Foundation holdings include significant original documents, books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other materials related to historic figures from the great age of discovery to later explorations of the Polar Regions.

Orlinda Garcia

Florida Renaissance Festival
Virginia Key Beach State Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149

Florida Renaissance Festival Study Guide

The international award-winning Florida Renaissance Festival held at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, invites you to step back in time to the 16 th Century. Our school program will bring to life 16th Century Europe. Costumed performers, stage acts and crafts people will offer students an informative view of the Renaissance. There are tons of exciting, entertaining, and educational performances and activities taking place throughout the day, including much music and dancing. During the Renaissance, there was great cultural achievement, particularly in the area of music and drama. In that time, musical literacy was expected in the upper class of society and many people of the period made their own music.

Orlinda Garcia

MDCPS, Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills,1500 Biscayne Blvd., Annex, Suite 316 Miami, Fl. 33132

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