1. An Introduction
An overview of the video and Web resources. For viewing by teachers and students.
2. What Is The Children of Willesden Lane?
Teachers and students talk about the impact of the book. For viewing by teachers and students.
3. What Is Facing History and Ourselves?
The curriculum guide was created by Facing History and Ourselves and the Milken Family Foundation. This program discusses the thinking behind Facing History's approach to learning. For viewing by teachers and students
4. Meeting Mona Golabek
A documentary profile of the author, presented in four short sections for ease of use in the classroom. For viewing by teachers and students. Go to this unit.
5. Music, Love, and Survival
A special performance by the author, weaving together her mother's story, classical piano music that is central to that story, and family photographs. The performance is presented in six parts suitable for classroom viewing as students progress through the book. For viewing by teachers and students. Go to this unit.
6. Introducing the "Universe of Obligation"—Middle School
Before her students read The Children of Willesden Lane, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in Memphis introduces them to the concept of the "Universe of Obligation." Students compare how they feel about people who are near the center of their universe—family and friends—with those who lie farther out. Go to this unit.
7. Introducing the "Universe of Obligation"—High School
In New York City, a high school history teacher asks students to discuss the reasons they sometimes choose not to act when they witness a wrong. Each student defines a personal Universe of Obligation, and the class reflects on how events like September 11th and Hurricane Katrina have altered our Universe of Obligation as a nation. Go to this unit.
8. Choices That Make a Difference
A staff member from Facing History and Ourselves joins an eighth—grade teacher in Memphis to help her class understand the growing persecution of Jews in 1930s Germany, and the shrinking—yet still vitally important—set of choices they had to make. Go to this unit.
9. A First Impression of Judaism
A sixth-grade teacher in Memphis invites a local rabbi to share thoughts on Judaism with her students. Go to this unit.
10. Exploring Lisa's Music
A high school teacher in New York brings in a music teacher to help history students appreciate the classical piano music that runs throughout The Children of Willesden Lane. Go to this unit.
11. Upstanders and Bystanders
An eighth-grade class in Memphis explores the concepts of "upstander" and "bystander," and discusses the controversial Wagner-Rogers Bill of 1939, which, if passed, would have allowed 20,000 Jewish children safe haven in the United States. The class discusses historical factors that might have influenced the decision of the United States. Go to this unit.
12. Gaining Insight Through Poetry
A high school English teacher in Pennsylvania uses poetry to connect The Children of Willesden Lane to themes he is exploring in his creative writing class, including the human condition, and what it feels like to be an outsider. Go to this unit.
13. A Structured Conversation
A middle school language arts teacher in Massachusetts leads a conversation about The Children of Willesden Lane designed to encourage students to compare their own responses with those of others. The discussion begins to touch on what it means to be a citizen of the world. Go to this unit.
14. A Concluding Discussion
A high school English teacher facilitates an open-forum discussion. Students grapple with difficult issues including, how we prevent genocide from happening again, what makes a person responsible for another person, and whether we can ever stop hatred. Go to this unit.