Our Favorite Posts From 2014

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 19, 2014

As we look back at 2014, we thought we'd share some of our favorite posts—and yours. For us, re-reading these posts was a great wonderful reminder of the many ways our students, teachers, staff members, and the greater Facing History and Ourselves community is creating positive change in our world. We can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Still Resonates Today

When Harper Lee's classic novel was published in 1960, it became an overnight sensation. Why is it still popular now?

What Happens To a School When One Student Shares His Story

The stories of survivors from history moved Cleveland Facing History student Skyler Edge to share his story with his class. The result was so powerful that he went on to share it with the entire school. What happened next will inspire you.

Choosing to Participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge

As any Facing History teacher will tell you, many of our lessons begin with stories of identity. To introduce identity, we ask students to think about the various aspects that make up our own identities, often by using an Identity Chart teaching strategy. In this post, Facing History Program Associate Daniel Braunfeld looks at his own identity chart as the grandson of a deceased ALS patient, the child of and part-time nurse for his father (diagnosed with familial ALS in 2010), and the father to two amazing children whose chances of an ALS diagnosis are yet to be determined.

Facing History New York's Program Associate for Special Projects Daniel Braunfeld taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on "Good Morning America." Facing History New York's Program Associate for Special Projects Daniel Braunfeld taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on "Good Morning America."

8 Memoirs That Matter

The stories we tell have the power to effect history. By sharing stories with students, we help them to see themselves as part of the human story, as individuals who can change the narrative by making positive choices and contributing to their communities and to the world. Read on to discover eight memoirs that left an impression on Tracy O'Brien, Director of the Facing History library, for their ability to engage and challenge us to confront history in all of its complexities.

How You Can Impact Students Around the World With One Click

From an educator in Los Angeles who created a "Facing History section" in her school's library to high schoolers in Mexico who built a mobile Holocaust museum, members of the Facing History community are continually thinking about how to build a better future. To help ensure more students, teachers, and schools can make impact in 2015, consider making an end-of-year gift to Facing History.

What's your New Year's resolution? Comment below!

Topics: Books, Choosing to Participate, Students, Schools, Identity, Memoir, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

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