September 21-27 is Banned Books Week in the United States, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to express our own views, and share the views of others.
Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces.
Use these activities and resources on Japanese American incarceration during World War II to introduce students to this history while exploring questions about American identity, racism, and citizenship.
2016 Student Contest Winner Cicada Scott shares more about what it's like to be a non-binary gender teenager in this Q & A.
Beyond the Textbook: Innovative Teachers Help Students Understand the Importance of Preserving Memory
Two Facing History teachers show their students the importance of preserving memory with a project funded by a Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant.
Use this teaching idea to help your students draw connections between the long history of black women’s activism against sexual violence and gender discrimination with the #MeToo movement today. The questions and activities focus on the experiences of Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, and Essie Favrot.
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.