Educator Resources

Educator Resources

Explore this suite of classroom activities geared toward middle school and high school students. These activities are rooted in testimony and provide students with the tools to develop empathy, employ critical thinking, and ultimately counter hate and respond to injustice.

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US VS. THEM: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

In these activities, students will examine the concept of othering and conduct a testimony-based inquiry that helps them answer the question: What creates an us vs them mentality?

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RESPONDING TO INJUSTICE

Students will explore justice and injustice by viewing powerful eye witness testimonies. These activities aim to inspire students to address a social injustice in their own community by examining how people have responded in the past.

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RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Help students investigate the basic human rights of all people and the moral courage and actions necessary to protect the fundamental rights of all people through powerful stories of survivors and witness of genocide.

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Shoah-icon-Immigration Created with Sketch. Middle School Activity High School Activity In these activities students will examine the concept of othering and conduct a testimony-based inquiry that helps them answer the question: What creates an us vs them mentality? IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
Immigration and Emigration

Students explore the role of immigration - both during the Holocaust and through the lens of how immigration impacts our own family histories - and view eyewitness testimonies to analyze how immigration and emigration have impacted the lives of others.

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Reparations and Healing

Students learn about different individuals’ experiences with and attitudes toward reparations. How can governments make amends for past injustices? Are they able to do so? Spark conversations about these important themes through the lens of eyewitness testimony.

Virtual Field Trip

Take students on a voyage to hear first-hand stories from powerful voices to learn that stories have potential – potential to change the future.

About The Partners

USC Shoah Foundation

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USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes. 

Discovery Education

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As the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital content for primary and secondary classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million teachers and over 50 million pupils, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the world. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with local authorities, academy trusts, schools and like-minded organisations to captivate pupils, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customised solutions that increase academic achievement.