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Memory and Legacy: Preparing to Learn from Descendants of Holocaust Survivors

Explore how framing a lesson around the importance of memory using classroom discussion and journaling can prepare students to learn from survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants.

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Fostering Active Engagement through Fishbowl Discussion

Watch how an educator encourages each student to engage with speaking and listening roles, resulting in active participation, careful listening, and meaningful reflection. 

 

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Developing Students’ Capacity to Connect with History

Learn how an educator encourages emotional engagement and ethical reflection while teaching about the history of segregation in the United States and its social, legal, and political consequences. 

 

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Supporting a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom

Explore how to integrate classroom discussions while teaching about the history of segregation in the United States and its social, legal, and political consequences. 

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Supporting Student Learning through Journaling

Discover how student journaling provides a safe and accessible space for students to share thoughts and feelings and prepares them to engage more fully and thoughtfully in discussion. 

 

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Teaching about Segregation and Its Consequences: Examining Plessy v. Ferguson

Discover how to provide your students with the historical context for understanding the crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 by tracing the history of segregation in the United States and its social, legal, and political consequences. 

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Teaching Strategy: Big Paper

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.

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Introducing Universe of Obligation in an English Language Arts Classroom

Watch as a teacher introduces this key concept and prepares students to apply it to works of literature.

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Teaching about the Weimar Republic

Watch a teacher help her students consider several first-person accounts of life in Weimar Germany.

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The Legacy of Eugenics: Facilitating a Classroom Conversation

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?

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Teaching Strategy: Found Poems

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.

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Defining Freedom: Facilitating a Conversation About the Reconstruction Era

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.

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Identity Charts

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.

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Using Journals at the Beginning and End of a Lesson

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.

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Contracting

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.

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Barometer

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.

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Journaling in a Reflective Classroom

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.

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Identity Charts

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.

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Graffiti Boards

Graffiti Boards are a shared writing space where students record their comments and questions about a topic. This video shows a high school class using this strategy as a brainstorming tool in preparation for their "Action Project."

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Introducing the Weimar Republic

Students read about and discuss the Weimar Republic using primary source readings from Holocaust and Human Behavior.

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Using Survivor Testimony: Preparation

Survivor and witness testimonies help students empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history. In this video, students view, react to, and discuss first-person accounts of the Holocaust.

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Connecting Students to Memorials via Arts/Makerspace

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.

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Socratic Seminar: Social Justice

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.

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Two-Column Note-Taking

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.

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Understanding We and They

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.

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The Power of Propaganda

In this video, a high school class prepares to read Elie Wiesel’s Night. To build their historical understanding, students participate in a gallery walk to learn about the power of Nazi propaganda.

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Introduction to Contracting

Contracting is an effective strategy to create a reflective classroom. In this video, a teacher leads a class through the contracting process and students discuss expectations and norms of how class members will treat each other.

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The Weimar Republic: Socratic Seminar

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?"

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Think-Pair-Share

This video shows the Think-Pair-Share strategy in action with high school students.

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Gallery Walk

This video shows a high school class using the Gallery Walk strategy to consider images of monuments and memorials before embarking on an "Action Project."

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Evidence Logs

The Evidence Logs strategy provides a place where students can centralize and organize evidence they collect over the course of a unit. This video shows how this strategy can be used to prepare students for a Socratic Seminar.

 

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Exploring Judgment and Justice

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.

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A Range of Choices: Terminology

Part 1 of the two-part lesson, "A Range of Choices." Students are introduced to the terminology of the roles individuals play (bystander, upstander, collaborator, victim, and perpetrator).

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A Range of Choices: In Action

Part 2 of the two-part lesson, "A Range of Choices." Students read primary sources and discuss the roles that individuals have played in those historical cases.

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