Using Film to Explore the Holocaust: Teaching Schindler's List

March 6, 2019
Teaching Schindler's List

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Using Film to Explore the Holocaust: Teaching Schindler's List

How can we apply the lessons of the film Schindler’s List toward standing up to hatred in our own communities? How do you engage students in conversations around racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hatred?


To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Schindler’s List, Universal Pictures is re-releasing the film for a limited theatrical engagement. Using this film in a classroom is an opportunity to help students raise questions about racism, anti-semitism and other form of exclusion in today’s political climate.


In this workshop, teachers will:

  • Explore a Facing History approach with film to develop students’ literacy skills; promote historical analysis and understanding of some of the darkest moments in history; and foster empathy, perspective-taking
  • Engage with teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  • Explore the historical context of Schindler’s List

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Priority for this workshop will be given to middle school social studies, English, and Humanities teachers; high school teachers are also welcome to apply.


Illinois educators can earn 2.5 clock hours for full participation in this workshop.


We will not watch the film during this workshop. The film is available online from streaming services, and you can also borrow it from your school or public library. Members of Facing History’s educator network can borrow it from Facing History’s library.


Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
March 6, 2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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