A&R’s teaching tools are intended to assist teachers who wish to:
- Encourage students’ compassion and creativity
- Open students’ hearts and minds to the experiences of others–particularly those who have experienced injustice
- Encourage students’ personal resilience and courage
To those ends, we offer teachers materials that use Esther’s Fabric of Survival art and story to teach about the Holocaust and discrimination. We also share lesson plans from our school partners’ classroom projects that were inspired by Fabric of Survival and by our film Through the Eye of the Needle.
The Fabric of Survival Educator Guide and Student Questions provides a guided exploration of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’ art and story and are intended to help students develop a deeper appreciation of tolerance, social justice and peace. These materials can be used with students visiting the Fabric of Survival exhibit or gallery and those reading the book Memories of Survival. A discussion guide to the film Through the Eye of the needle will be available soon. Request the Fabric of Survival Educator Guide and Student Questions for delivery by email.
The Hero Project was undertaken by 5th Grade students at Hunter College Elementary School who wrote and illustrated a story about a family member who had displayed hero qualities. Their stories and art are exhibited in the A&R Gallery. Order the Hero Project Narrative Writing Unit Teachers Guide and Art Unit Lesson Plan for delivery by email.
Stories of Perseverance, about family members who did not give up when faced with adversity, were created by students at Bailey’s Elementary, an urban multi-cultural magnet school. The students produced cloth story pictures to illustrate the often poignant stories they wrote about overcoming hardships. Order the Stories of Perseverance lesson plan for delivery by email.