Facing History and Ourselves' case studies follow a specific progression of themes. This structure—our scope and sequence or the Facing History journey—is a key component of our pedagogy.
The journey begins by examining common human behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes students can readily observe in their own lives.
Students then explore a historical case study, such as the Holocaust, or a literary work like To Kill a Mockingbird or Night and analyze how those patterns of human behavior may have influenced the choices individuals made—to participate, stand by, or stand up—in the face of injustice, hate, and, in some cases, mass murder.
They come to realize that there are no easy answers to the complex problems of racism, antisemitism, hatred, and violence, no quick fixes for social injustices, and no simple solutions to moral dilemmas
Lastly, students examine how the history they studied continues to influence our world today, and they consider how they might choose to participate in bringing about a more just, equitable, and compassionate world.