Planning Your Visit Content
The common thread
We are committed to working with classroom teachers to develop meaningful and challenging curricula that extends and amplifies your work in the classroom.
Our philosophy is that museum learning is different from but compatible with classroom learning. Often it acts as an accelerator. Learning through original source materials, ones you can hold in your hands, is intellectually and emotionally exciting, with profound learning implications. We can’t always predict what artifact will trigger a student’s emotion or insight, but know that something will.
At a glance
- We provide unusually intimate access to an exceptional collection of original artifacts, letters and documents.
- Students handle many durable artifacts, a unique aspect of our approach.
- The material is relevant to today.
- Visits are emotional and have a strong personal impact.
- We tailor the curriculum for each school group.
Tailoring a visit
When you inquire about a visit, we work with you to customize our curriculum or one of our modules to support your classroom learning. We can tailor a complete tour, from the beginning of the War to the end, to also include a theme (for example, propaganda, technology, etc.) Our curriculum guides and student worksheets encourage students to view the collection with purpose and focus.
All of the following are customizable activity guides for students to complete during their Museum visit. Teachers are welcome to edit and modify these guides as suits their curricular interests and objectives.
A thematic guide that encourages students to draw comparisons and contrasts among different nations.
- A topical guide that follows the Museum’s gallery layout. Students will tour the entire Museum with focus and purpose.
A focused guide that encourages students to understand and analyze the ways in which young people in different nations were both targets of government actions and policies as well as active agents of change.
A focused guide that asks students to examine the ways in which women from different nations contributed to the war effort and to assess the extent to which the War changed attitudes about women’s proper place.
The best visits are those that are well-prepared in advance with structure for time in the Museum. The depth and breadth of the collection supports so many different narratives.
Examples of general topics:
- Rise of Nazi Germany
- Battle of Britain
- Occupation and Resistance
- American Enters the War
- War in the Pacific
- Nuremberg and Tokyo War Tribunals
Examples of themes:
- Youth and War
- Civilian Resistance
- Democracy vs. Fascism
Examples of interdisciplinary curriculum guides prepared for us by the Concord River Institute
- Rise of Nazism; the Power of Propaganda
- The Battle of Britain; From Despair to Hope to Action
- America Enters the War; Exploring the Four Freedoms
STEM-focused curricula are currently in development.
We have also worked with teachers to develop Museum guides for:
- AP Students/Primary Source Analysis
- Facing History and Ourselves-based curriculum
- Art history and propaganda posters