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Facing History and Ourselves: Music, Memory, and Resistance during the Holocaust

History teachers in middle and high schools will want to check out these rich lessons plans exploring "how music helped to preserve dignity in the lives of Jews under Nazi rule." Scout Report readers will be familiar with the organization behind these lessons, Facing History and Ourselves (last featured in the 12-11-2020 issue), which is dedicated to shaping compassionate and courageous leaders for the next generation through explorations of historical injustices. Through 3 lessons (covering 4 class periods of 50 minutes each), this unit helps students delve into the cultural diversity of pre-World War II European Jews and understand how music provided comfort and sustained resistance during the war. In Lesson 1 ("The Power of Music"), students are encouraged to reflect on their personal musical experiences of inspiration and comfort. In Lesson 2 ("Jewish Life before World War II"), students learn about the richness of the Jewish experience in Europe and how it was threatened by antisemitism. In Lesson 3 ("Music as Survival Tool"), students consider music as "physical and spiritual resistance." Visitors will find a helpful outline for each lesson, including essential questions, learning objectives, background information, teaching strategies, and extension activities. Each lesson plan links to integrated readings, videos, and photos from Facing History and Ourselves. Visitors can scroll to the bottom of the page linked above for further lesson suggestions and related educator resources.
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June 18th, 2021
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June 4th, 2021 at 12:45pm
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June 7th, 2021 at 12:01pm
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