Learning About the Holocaust Through Journeys in Film
The Defiant Requiem Foundation is pleased to offer a new documentary-based curriculum produced by Journeys In Film, based on the documentary Defiant Requiem.
Many movies about the Holocaust fill the viewer with despair over man’s inhumanity to man. Defiant Requiem captures the horrors of the Third Reich, but also shows the power of the human spirit to create art and beauty under the most egregious circumstances. It is also a testament to the importance of preserving history. As such, it will be a memorable experience for students. This curriculum guide is intended to deepen and intensify that experience, while still meeting your required classroom goals.
The Defiant Requiem Curriculum:
- Promotes widespread use of film as a window to the world to help students to mitigate existing attitudes of cultural bias, cultivate empathy, develop a richer understanding of global issues, and prepare for effective participation in an increasingly interdependent world.
- Provides standards-based lesson plans support various learning styles, promote literacy, transport students across the globe, and foster learning that meets core academic objectives.
- Includes a core team of prominent educators consults with filmmakers and cultural specialists in the creation of the curriculum guide.
Defiant Requiem merges effectively into teachers’ existing lesson plans and mandated curricular requirements. It provides teachers an innovative way to fulfill their school districts’ standards-based goals.
Journeys in Film is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is working in partnership with USC’s Rossier School of Education. Rossier’s (ross-EAR) mission is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. USC Rossier leads the way in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. USC Rossier prides itself on innovation in all its programs, preparing teachers, administrators, and educational leaders who are change agents.
This curriculum guide, developed for The Defiant Requiem Foundation, has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.