In this unit students experience how art can serve as a tool to understanding history by analyzing paintings by renowned artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak.
Students examine the pressures on European Jews as they moved away from the shtetls to larger urban centers at end of the nineteenth century.
Students broaden their understanding of the relationship between Scout and Calpurnia by pairing scenes from Harper Lee’s two novels with a historical account from a Southern domestic worker.
Students use works by visual artist Glenn Ligon and writer Zora Neale Hurston to examine questions about their own identity.
"Students explore the artwork of a young man imprisoned in the Theresienstadt ghetto and consider the value of creative expression as a means to cope with oppression. "
Students examine the artwork in a young woman’s diary in order to consider the diverse ways people expressed fears and documented life during the Holocaust.
Students draw on diary entries and historical documents to build an understanding of the complicated role Jewish councils and Jewish police played within Nazi-run ghettos.