This lesson, intended for the day of the film screening, offers suggestions for how to set a reflective tone before viewing the film and how to help students capture their observations, thoughts, and emotions in their journals immediately after. In order to be sure that students have time to complete these activities, it’s important to be thoughtful about the logistics of watching this film with your students. The activities below are suggestions to help you plan your students’ experience of viewing Schindler’s List carefully. Teachers know their students best, and therefore we trust that you will adapt these suggestions to meet the needs of your students and your community.
Schindler’s List will be re-released in theaters in commemoration of its 25th anniversary in December 2018. Many students will have the opportunity to view the film in theaters during the school day upon its re-release. However, other teachers may wish to screen the film for students in school. This lesson provides guidance for viewing the film with students in either setting.