This interactive workshop uses resources from the companion study guide Teaching Red Scarf Girl and helps teachers develop a customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach.
How can teachers begin to build an open, supportive, and reflective learning community from the beginning of the school year? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the important role the first few days of school play in supporting students’ social-emotional learning and academic success.
Join us as we consider short films, lesson ideas, and poetry through which students can learn about the Holocaust.
In this webinar, we discuss how to use the documentary Brother Outsider to explore Bayard Rustin’s identity as a gay man of color trying to affect change in the twentieth century, his work as the organizer of the March on Washington, and his legacy in the civil rights movement today.
Watch this webinar to explore teaching Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s powerful memoir of her family’s internment at Manzanar Internment Camp in California.
Watch this webinar where we’ll examine Ji-li Jiang’s affecting memoir of growing up during the Cultural Revolution and discuss ways to introduce the concept of memoir to your students, particularly as they grapple with a historical narrative of the Cultural Revolution.
Watch this webinar to hear Mr. Charles Mauldin, Selma March youth leader, reflect on his experiences as a student activist and the power of young people to spark social change, both during the civil rights movement and today.
Watch as a teacher introduces this key concept and prepares students to apply it to works of literature.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher uses the Big Paper teaching strategy as he shares primary source documents about the Reconstruction era with his students. This discussion strategy uses writing and silence as tools to help students explore a topic in depth. This process slows down students’ thinking and gives them an opportunity to focus on the views of others. It also creates a visual record of students’ thoughts and questions that you can refer to later in a course.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher facilitates a conversation with students about the legacy of the eugenics movement in the United States. During this video, students consider complicated questions: Who is responsible, and how can they be held accountable? Who, if anyone, stood up to the injustices of the time period? What have students learned from this history? What legacies of the eugenics movement do students see today?
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher leads students in the construction of found poems based on their research about the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century in the United States. A “found poem” is one that is created using only words, phrases, or quotations that have been selected and rearranged from another text. Writing found poems is a structured way to have students review material and synthesize their learning.
Watch this webinar to hear reflections from Mr. Spielberg on the power of storytelling and addressing injustice, gain insights from Schindler’s list survivor Rena Finder and learn effective strategies to prepare students to view the film.
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? Watch this webinar to hear Mr. Spielberg discuss the legacy of Schindler’s List, its impact on Holocaust education, and the importance of responding to hatred in our communities today.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher leads a classroom discussion that explores the meaning of freedom to formerly enslaved people during the Reconstruction era. By learning about the choices and aspirations of freedpeople immediately after Emancipation, students grapple with what it means to be free, and they also consider what role freedom plays in their own lives.
In this webinar, we explore some of the immediate and long-term legacies in the lives of individuals, in the course of nations, and in the policies developed in response to the death and destruction of WWII.
An identity chart is a graphic organizer that students can use to reflect on the factors that shape their individual identity as well those that shape their identity as the member of a community. In this video, high school students create identity charts during the first week of the school as they prepare to write essays for their college applications.
This webinar examines how to use images to support middle school students’ understanding of key themes in the history of the rise of the Nazis and models teaching strategies geared toward helping middle school students analyze historical images.
A journal is an instrumental tool for helping students develop their ability to critically examine their surroundings from multiple perspectives and to make informed judgments about what they see and hear. Journals make learning visible by providing a safe, accessible space for students to share thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties. In this classroom video, a high school history teacher uses journals with his students both at the beginning and end of a lesson on Reconstruction.
Contracting is an effective strategy to create a reflective classroom. In this video, a middle school teacher leads his class through the contracting process during the first week of school and students discuss expectations and norms of how class members will treat each other.
The Barometer teaching strategy helps students share their opinions by asking them to line up along a continuum based on their position on an issue. It is especially useful when you want to discuss an issue about which students have a wide range of opinions. In this video, middle school students learn how to participate in a Barometer activity during the first week of school.
A journal is an instrumental tool for helping students develop their ability to critically examine their surroundings from multiple perspectives and to make informed judgments about what they see and hear. Journals make learning visible by providing a safe, accessible space for students to share thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties. In this video, middle school students acclimate to using journals during the first week of school.
Watch this webinar to explore classroom-ready lessons and resources that will help you teach about the ever increasing importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the UDHR reaches its 70th anniversary in 2018.
Watch this webinar to learn how to integrate video testimonies and original mini-documentaries into your middle school classroom.
An identity chart is a graphic organizer that students can use to reflect on the factors that shape their individual identity as well those that shape their identity as the member of a community. In this video, students create identity charts for different civil rights activists.
Through an interdisciplinary hands-on art class, students create memorials to those lost during the Holocaust. Several students have personal ties to the Holocaust and share how their projects honor these connections.
In this video, students participate in a Socratic seminar centered on the essential question, "How do our personal stories influence how we fight for justice?" They consider the personal stories of civil rights activists Yuri Kochiyama and Angela Davis.
In this video, the teacher uses the Two-Column Note-Taking strategy with his students to help them organize their thoughts and emotional responses as they listen to recorded survivor testimony. This strategy gives students literal space to process their emotional responses to challenging material.
In this video, students discuss the idea of “we and they.” They reflect on the snap judgements they make about others and consider how others might make quick calculations about them. Concepts of membership, belonging and stereotypes are addressed.
As educators, what do we need to consider when discussing DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the preceding DREAM Act, in class? This webinar provides tips for facilitating conversations about this topic.
In this video, students participate in a Socratic seminar after reading Voices in the Dark, a first-person account of antisemitism experienced by a WWI veteran. The Socratic seminar centers around the question, "What does this story teach us about Germany in the early 1920s?"
This webinar explores how to facilitate open and respectful classroom conversations about gender identity.
This webinar focuses on how to cultivate safe spaces for students so that open and respectful dialogue can take place in the classroom.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate the new edition’s video testimonies and original mini-documentaries into your classroom, and get tips for teaching strategies that connect the study of history with ethical reflection and human behavior.
Students explore the nature of justice and how the unwritten rules of society can impact how laws are carried out. The class discusses the historical case of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama.
This webinar models strategies designed to help you build classroom community and support your students to develop effective skills for civic participation.