Tag Archives: History

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”  – Adolf Hitler, 1924

propaganda image On Saturday, February 28, educators are invited to explore content and themes from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda (opening at the Missouri History Museum in April).

This one-day workshop, Connecting Past and Present: A New Framework for Teaching Propaganda and Media Literacy, will be at the Missouri History Museum and offers teachers unique strategies for helping students engage with historical propaganda and view messages they encounter today with a more critical eye. The history of the Holocaust highlights the danger of propaganda and how societies can become vulnerable to extreme messages. As the Missouri History Museum notes on their website, this most extreme case study emphasizes why the issue of propaganda matters and challenges citizens to actively question, analyze and seek the truth.

Classroom-ready teaching resources will be modeled and shared. This workshop is free of charge and is appropriate for middle and high school teachers from diverse disciplines. No previous experience teaching about the Holocaust is required. Educators specializing in language arts, media, history, information literacy and current events are especially encouraged to participate in this important discussion on history and media literacy.

To register, please visit mohistory.org/teacherpd. For more information, contact United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Sonia Booth. For a flyer of the event, click on Teacher Workshop-St.Louis.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation. The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda exhibit runs April 11 – September 7, 2015 in St. Louis.

[Image: from a poster for the film S.A. Mann Brand, 1933. Kunstbibliothek Berlin/BPK, Berlin/Art Resource, New York]

Hangout with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

We just heard about this four-week Google+ online class celebrating the Everly Brothers, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees!

From the Hall of Fame:

You are invited to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning education team for a special Google+ online class on the musical legacy of the Everly Brothers – 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and this year’s annual Music Masters honorees. Learn how Don and Phil Everly became the leading duo of rock and roll, transforming the country sounds of their childhood into rich harmonies and perfectly crafted songs that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Each week will focus on a new topic – their role in the first wave of rock and roll, their musicianship and skill as singers, and their approach to songwriting. The class will also connect the legacy of the Everly Brothers to bands and artists on the radio today. Continue to check Google+ for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom– infographics, video demonstrations, lesson plans and other materials that you can only find at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

TITLE: CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE EVERLY BROTHERS’ MUSICAL LEGACY This program is appropriate for middle and high school students. There is no cost to connect.

ONLINE CONVERSATION BEGINS: September 29 on Rock Hall’s Google+ Continue to check  Google+ each week for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom.

LIVE DISCUSSION WITH ROCK HALL EDUCATORS: October 20 from 12-12:45 pm CT Conversation culminates with a discussion that will be streamed live on the Rock Hall’s Google+. This discussion will be guided by questions and comments submitted by classrooms via Google+. Reservations/registration not required.

QUESTIONS? Contact the education staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at education@rockhall.org.

Auschwitz: The Past is Present

This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education.  The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.

Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum.  Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.

There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”

Visit www.pastispresentauschwitz.com for more information.

Big History Comes to Forest Park

Big History integrates the insights of the sciences with the humanities into lessons designed for students to think about the past and future.  According to Big History, by sharing “the big picture” and challenging students to explore the relationship between key events over time, Big History ultimately helps young people develop key critical thinking skills and the ability to better synthesize and apply complex information.

Are you looking for ways to integrate technology with the world history classroom, critical thinking, reading like a historian, making an argument and the Common Core?

You are invited to learn the answers to these questions on March 12, and to hear from teachers and creators of Big History why educators love the Big History Project for 9th and 10th grade history students.  And don’t miss the opportunity to meet Bob Bain, Professor of Education, University of Michigan and contributor to the Big History Project, and partake in drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Forest Park Visitor Center. This event is bring your own device optional, and in partnership with Forest Park Forever & Big History.

This after school event is free, but registration is required.

Study Abroad this Summer | Teacher Tour of Turkey

The Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America have developed a three-part program on Turkey, with a special emphasis on Turkish culture- modern and historic- to American students and teachers.

The first part of the program is a workshop for teachers taking place March 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Interested educators must attend the Saturday seminar in order to participate in the Study Tour of Turkey, the second part of the program.  The St. Louis group’s Study Tour consists of a 12-day stay in Turkey during the summer of 2014, and will also include about 55 teachers from other parts of the country.  The third and final portion is during the fall of 2014, and consists of programs highlighting Turkish culture and history. Study Tour teachers are expected to participate in developing these programs.

The March 8 workshop at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is free, and includes lunch and parking fees. Prior registration is required. To be eligible to apply for the Study Tour in Turkey this summer, teachers must meet the following criteria:

• Currently employed full-time as a classroom humanities, art, or literature teacher, media specialist or principal for grades 6-12 in the St. Louis area (or bordering region) and will be employed full-time as a classroom teacher, media specialist or principal in grades 6-12 next year
• Possess a valid U.S. passport and/or ability to acquire a U.S. passport upon notification of acceptance for the trip
• Provide the $800 registration fee toward the cost of the trip, and travel to Chicago at your own expense. In addition to these expenses, teachers are advised by the Turkish Cultural Foundation to budget approximately $100 for tips to guides and drivers and approximately $25 for visa fees
• Not resided in or traveled to Turkey during the past seven years

For more information about this program or to register for the preliminary seminar, please contact the World Affairs Council of St. Louis at (314) 727-9988 .