Virtual Educator Resources
MEDIA LITERACY TOOLKIT
To support our teachers, the Educator’s Institute for Human Rights and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center have curated resources to facilitate difficult discussions in the classroom around media literacy. These tools contain creative lessons and articles on media ethics, identifying propaganda, leading discussions after a crisis, and teaching controversial issues in the classroom. With these tools, teachers will be equipped to conduct meaningful and informed conversations in the classroom, promoting learning and understanding around this critically important topic.
Educators know their students, classrooms, and community best.
As with any resource, be sure to review and determine which resources best serve your specific circumstances.
VIRTUAL TEACHING TRUNKS
Supplement your new Virtual Field Trip with a Virtual Teaching Trunk for FREE!
We understand the uncertainty of opening schools in the fall and have created several virtual options.
Designed for grades K-4, 5-6, and 7-12, our virtual Teaching Trunks include access to e-books and digital texts, award-winning films, remote lessons, and activities, as well as digital “arte-facts” to help students explore the stories of local Holocaust Survivors.
VIRTUAL TEACHING TRUNK OPTIONS:
Grades K-4: Explore personal and cultural identity, empathy, family, and friendship through the lens of character education.
Grades 5-6: Examine how the lessons of Holocaust and genocide history can influence how we remember the past and whether we choose to take a stand for positive change in the future.
Grades 7-12: Explore a more in-depth history of the Holocaust from life in hiding,
ghettos, and camps through the first-hand stories of eyewitnesses.
In Our Voices | Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition Audio Tour
Journey through the Museum on a self-guided online virtual audio tour that features personal stories of local Holocaust Survivors. Explore the history and lessons of the Holocaust as told through the photographs, historical records, and stories of local Survivors and eyewitnesses. The tour is also available in Spanish.
TAKE A STAND RESOURCES
For Grades 7+
MEET THE ILLINOIS CIVICS MANDATE FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS!
Activities for Students and Educators
Empower students to connect with human and civil rights history and challenges today, gathering tools for civic engagement and positive action in their community and around the world.
- What are Human Rights?
- Take a Stand Upstanders
- Tips and Tools to Take A Stand – Advocate, Give, Participate and Raise Awareness
*Spanish Translation Available in Educator Activities page
For Grades 7+
WHEN YOU’VE LOST EVERYTHING, A SINGLE OBJECT CAN TAKE ON EXTRAORDINARY MEANING.
Stories of Survival is a landmark exhibit that showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and genocide. Each artifact is dramatically showcased alongside oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members.
The objects are as every day as a baby doll and a black suitcase and as symbolic as a young mother’s cookbook and a wedding announcement—saved by local Survivors from genocides around the world, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria.
- Stories of Survival Introduction
- Activity 1: Objects and Memories
- Activity 2: Share Your Family Heirloom (digital)
- Activity 3: Share Your Family Heirloom (low-tech option)
- Activity 4: Writing Prompt – Point of View
- Activity 5: Writing Prompt – Six Word Memoirs
- Activity 6: Writing Prompt – Poetry
- Activity 7: Research Activity
GENOCIDE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH
STORIES OF LIBERATION
Allied and Soviet forces steadily worked their way across Europe in pursuit of Nazi Germany and encountered extreme devastation from the hands of the Nazi party in their wake. Concentration camps, mass graves, and complete destruction greeted them in their pursuit as they freed survivors, administered health care, and collected evidence of what the Nazis had done in Europe.
WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING EDUCATOR RESOURCES
We are honored to share with you our new virtual Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Exhibition now online to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the beginning of the Uprising on April 19th, 2020.
Explore a timeline of events that led to the largest and most symbolically important Jewish Uprising in German-occupied Europe. Learn about the courageous young leaders, including three local survivors who fought with dignity under impossible conditions. Listen and read the inspiring words written by Ghetto Revolt Commander Mordecai Anielewicz in his last letter to his friend and second-in-command Yitzhak Zukerman.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING EDUCATOR RESOURCES
Explore online activities that feature contemporary Upstanders who made choices to act on behalf of others and not be bystanders. Take a look at recommended readings from our grades K-2 and grades 3-4 Teaching Trunks that teach acceptance and diversity. Hear from Survivors and their message that inspires students to take action.
In the Act of Art Gallery at Illinois Holocaust Museum, artworks explore genocides and human rights atrocities from the artists’ perspectives. Artists express themselves through artistic mediums, such as paintings, photography, sculpture, spoken word, poetry, etc., and become Upstanders through their form of expression.
Our activities highlight different forms of art responses to the Holocaust, genocide, and other human rights issues. Please take a look at our newest online resources that correspond to specific pieces of artwork and the exhibition, They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. Each piece contains reflection questions and interactive activities that will turn budding artists into activists!
VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Museum is now offering new virtual professional development workshops through April and May.
For more information, please click here.