Strategies for Teaching The Nanjing Atrocities

The following strategies are useful when teaching the Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War content.

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Analyzing Images

Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.

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Café Conversations

Students practice perspective-taking by representing the point of view of an assigned personality in a small-group discussion.

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Contracting

Develop a classroom contract to create a community of mutual respect and inclusion.

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Gallery Walk

Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.

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Graffiti Boards

Help students process their thoughts and emotions on a topic by engaging them in a written conversation with their classmates.

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Journals in a Facing History Classroom

Create a practice of student journaling to help students critically examine their surroundings and make informed judgments.

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Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.

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Think, Pair, Share

Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.

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