In the Mini Quest activity, Finding Your Seat on the Bus, students explore the concepts of grit, determination and resilience. They learn about individuals now and in the past who exemplify those characteristics and became social innovators: Holocaust liberators and civil rights activists Leon Bass and Paul Parks, Holocaust survivor and activist Hedy Epstein, and American politician Elizabeth Holtzman.
Learning Aims: Students construct a poem based on what they learn and reflect on how they can harness grit and determination to make a difference in their own lives.
In the Video Activity 1936 Olympics: Race, Politics & Civil Rights students will examine the issue of civil rights and the presence of racism in society through the lens of the 1936 Berlin Olympics and construct a video project that illustrates the prominence of racism in both the United States and Europe during this period. A great resource for this year’s 80th anniversary of the 1936 Olympics.
Learning Aims: Students are be introduced to the civil rights abuses under Hitler during this period, as well as the personal story of black American Olympian track star Jesse Owens, whose civil rights were also curtailed at this time – in the United States.
The Information Quest, Fighting in the Face of Racism teaches students in grades 8-12 about two former American soldiers who helped liberate Jews during the Holocaust and who themselves experienced racism/prejudice in the United States before and after World War II.
Learning Aims: Students develop an understanding of the effects of racism and the nature of testimony and construct a visual representation of their learning by drawing evidence from primary and secondary resources.