Directly connected with the BC Social Studies and English Langauge Arts curriculum, this workshop will share an ongoing project using the graphic narratives, co-created with Holocaust survivors, as the foundation for teaching materials.
The study of genocides help students think about the use and abuse of power, and the roles and responsibilities of individuals, nations, and states when confronted with issues of social justice and human rights violations. Teaching through testimony interjects personal, palpable emotion into the telling of history and disrupts the flow of typical historical narratives. These eyewitness accounts give a face and a voice to victims, to which students can relate. It helps students to grasp the reality of an unreal event. Testimonies help to demonstrate the human and personal dimension of history without dramatizing the effects of historical events on survivors.
As a society, we have to prepare ourselves for a time when survivors will no longer be able to visit classrooms or meet with students. While it is impossible to replace the influential experience of hearing a Holocaust survivor, the powerful use of testimony can inspire students. A survivor’s testimony is not simply a recollection or story, students become stewards of history – entrusted with the knowledge of someone else’ experience.
This project uses Holocaust survivor testimonies as the foundation for graphic narratives. These graphic narratives are the center of adaptable and flexible educational resources, created by teachers. In this workshop, we will share the resources and invite teachers to pilot them in their classrooms.
Social Studies 10, Genocide Studies 12, 20th Century World History 12, Social Justice 12, English Language Arts teachers
Andrea spent a decade as a classroom teacher and department head before returning to higher education as a teacher educator. Her interests lie in teaching and learning in Social Studies education. Currently, Andrea is part of a multinational SSHRC-funded project, Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education <http://holocaustgraphicnovels.org/>.