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The Return of Gabriel. Armistead, John. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2002. Grade 6 and up. Cooper, Jubal, and Squirrel, three thirteen-year-olds in Mississippi, begin the summer of 1964 preoccupied with how to take revenge on a local bully.
Read how Facing History's professional development helped one teacher go beyond curriculum and lesson plans to have raw and relevant conversations with her students.
In the classroom, the elements of storytelling can transform otherwise disconnected ideas into a compelling narrative.
How can Harper Lee’s newly published novel Go Set a Watchman deepen students’ engagement with To Kill a Mockingbird? Watchman is not a sequel to Mockingbird, but it is a companion work that can shed light on the characters, context, and themes that Lee explores in To Kill a Mockingbird and that Facing History examines in the Teaching Mockingbird study guide.
In these lessons, we offer two approaches for integrating Go Set a Watchman into the teaching of Mockingbird, by featuring excerpts of both novels, historical sources, poetry, discussion questions, and activities that connect the two books, the world of the novels, and our own world today.
The Children of Willesden Lane is the powerful true story of Lisa Jura, who fled Nazi-occupied Vienna on the Kindertransport as a child. Jura was one of 10,000 young refugees who were separated from her parents and brought to England for safety before World War II. Our online companion to the book features musical selections to accompany the text, a study guide for middle and high school classrooms, and short videos.
As a teacher, I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage my students.
Before I started teaching my students a unit about the Holocaust this year, I thought a lot about how I could get them to think, process, and reflect meaningfully and critically about this history, and also inspire them to act in a manner that influences the world for good.
It’s a tumultuous time in the world—and that complexity will likely remain for years to come. How do you take on the task of explaining these issues? In what way should you tackle current events in the classroom? How do you convey thorny global concepts while respecting diverse points of view and making students feel inspired?
Roger Brooks, CEO and President of Facing History on why it’s time to openly discuss, in our classrooms and public spaces, the violence spurred by bigotry and hatred.