Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Teaching The Children of Willesden Lane
Resources to help you teach the book in middle schools and high schools

Classroom Videos

Watch Teachers in Action

The Children of Willesden Lane and its subject matter present teachers with many opportunities—and many challenges.

In this section of the Web site, nine Classroom Videos take you to classrooms in several communities where social studies and language arts teachers are examining questions such as these:

  • Why, when faced with the suffering of others, do some people choose to help, while others simply look on?
  • How do I get students to think carefully about their ethical responsibilities to others in the world?
  • How can I teach a piece of literary writing so that it helps students connect with history?
  • How might I use music to deepen my students’ understanding of history?

To watch videos of teachers, select a section of the book in the menu at left and then choose a corresponding Classroom Video beneath it. Or, select a video from this menu:


Classroom Visit

Martina Grant plays an excerpt from Mona Golabek's recording of “Clair de Lune” for her students at Forrest Hills High School in Queens, New York City.

Facing History and Ourselves

Most of the teaching ideas featured on this Web site were developed by Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

What Is Facing History and Ourselves?

Visit the Facing History Web site


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