‘The Children of Willesden Lane’ by Mona Golabek is a memoir about her mother’s experiences in the Kindertransport during the Holocaust. The course Teaching ‘The Children of Willesden Lane’ has a multi-faceted Web site with descriptions of the history of the events, explanations of race and anti-semitism, musical selections from the book, and videos showing effective classroom instruction. After reading the book, students think about big themes, such as what it means to feel like an outsider, in program 12, “Gaining Insight Through Poetry.”
In Death: A Personal Understanding, program 3, “Facing Mortality,” people facing their own deaths or the death of others close to them discuss how they prepare. This program includes a segment on a Holocaust survivor who faced the possibility of her own death and the death of her family.
In Connecting with the Arts: A Teaching Practices Library Grades 6-8, program 12, “Finding Your Voice,” the teacher empowers her students to find their voices to communicate social justice through art. Students analyze meaning in art used to represent history, including work by artist Samuel Bak who painted about the Holocaust.