A selection of books that will inspire you are hand selected by Facing History's Director of Library Services.
Whether you’re on the beach or preparing your syllabus for fall, check out these nonfiction and fiction titles that have the Facing History and Ourselves Library staff excited for summer reading!
The philosopher Hannah Arendt said that the essence of being human is participating in moral discourse with others. "The things of the world become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows. We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human." In a reflective classroom community, students work together in an engaging study of our past, and of our world today. Knowledge is constructed, not passively absorbed. And students, with both hearts and minds mobilized, are seen as subjects actively engaged in a community of learners. A trusting classroom atmosphere like this creates the space for deep, democratic learning. The creation of an environment like this requires a thoughtful approach.
Stories matter. The stories we tell have the power to effect history. By sharing stories with students, we help them to see themselves as part of the human story, as individuals who can change the narrative by making positive choices and contributing to their communities and the world.
Today is #CharacterDay, a movement that’s bringing together people from around the world to talk about the traits, characteristics, thoughts, and actions that build, shape, and make up our unique and individual characters.
Remembering Nanjing 80 years later teaches young people the skills and dispositions they need to nurture and protect civil and democratic societies.
As part of Facing History’s revision of our Facing History: Holocaust and Human Behavior resources, we will be making new videos available to you for classroom use. Check out two new series today! Any of these clips would fit well in a flipped classroom exercise.
With summer easing its way into fall, we all are busy thinking about strategies and resources to bring into the classroom this school year.
As a Facing History program associate and former history teacher, I try to work in activities and lessons that build critical reading skills, which got me thinking: What if an educator were to do something similar using film clips and text-dependent questions?
This March, Facing History and Ourselves is honored to celebrate Women’s History Month by highlighting courageous women and girls who have actively made history. We know you’re strapped for time as an educator, but fear not.
While young people have a huge stake in US elections, historically they don’t show up when it comes time to vote. These teaching ideas allow students to explore youth voter turnout trends and how young people are trying to change them.