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.
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.
Two prototype activity guides which we customize for school groups
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