The following books make great catalysts for conversation with young children about respect for differences, inclusion and exclusion, and the value of participation.
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.
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The Ostracism Case Study grew out of the Harvard-Facing History and Ourselves research on improving inter-group relations among youth funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.