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Teaching The Children of Willesden Lane:

Student Working with the Book Dr. Foley at a Mona Golabek Performance Students Listening Attentively

The Hold On To Your Music Foundation gratefully acknowledges Dr. Jane Foley, (center photo)
Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards/Milken Family Foundation, who established and guided the educational initiative for The Children of Willesden Lane.

 
 
 


Goals Educators May Reach Through
the Use of These Materials



Teacher Discussing The Children of Willesden Lane

Educator Praise for
The Children of Willesden Lane

  • Bringing history to life for students through the story of the Kindertransport, the rescue operation that brought 10,000 children to safety in England on the eve of World War II.

  • Helping language arts students see their own questions of identity reflected in the true story of Lisa Jura.

  • Drawing on the classical music that plays a strong role in the book to build students’ understanding of Lisa’s life and world.

  • Fostering ethical discussions among students about historical responsibility, moral choices, and self-reliance.

 


Student making a point about the book The Book

“In all my years as an educator, I have never seen so many students anxious to ask questions about a book!”
Educator Christopher Mazzino
Scranton, PA

The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek has inspired a collection of rich educational materials now being used by teachers nationwide to expand students’ knowledge of Holocaust history and their understanding of cultural differences, human perseverance and tolerance through the music and story of Lisa Jura.

The Milken Family Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves have partnered to create these educational materials that teach a broad scope of lessons using The Children of Willesden Lane, from history to human perseverance, many of which are offered free of charge on this site.

Teachers around the country have found that the story of Lisa Jura’s journey from Vienna to London, and from adolescence to adulthood, is ideal for inspiring young people across disciplines and grade levels. Lisa’s story helps students reach a deeper understanding of history and of themselves.

The Children of Willesden Lane is the best book I’ve ever read.”     
Victoria Bodanos, Colonial Middle School Student, Memphis

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Educational Materials



The Children of Willesden Lane Book


The Children of Willesden Lane
Book


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The Children of Willesden Lane is the true story of Lisa Jura, a young girl who escapes Nazi persecution on the eve of World War II. Read more about the book. 


 

“Lisa Jura inspired me to dream the impossible dream and
never give up when you think all is lost. This book teaches people
to use the gifts God gave them to inspire others.”

Amanda Herl, Student in Hoxie High School, Kansas


Educator's


Teacher’s Resource

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Download or Order a printed Teacher’s Resource with a wealth of lessons and activities for your students. Created by Facing History and Ourselves with the support of the Milken Family Foundation, the guide provides a flexible structure for examining the story of The Children of Willesden Lane and relating it to historical and current events.

“I read this wonderful book twice. It will be an excellent centerpiece of an integrated unit dealing with music, history, and human prejudice.”
David Neves, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year


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Classroom Videos

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A selection of Classroom Videos show how teachers in diverse schools are using the book and Teacher’s Resource to connect students with history and to foster discussions about ethical choices. The classroom videos are geared to different parts of the book and Teacher’s Resource but can be used flexibly and viewed at any time. The videos highlight the challenges that can arise in teaching sensitive historical material, and how teachers can address these challenges.


“The Children of Willesden Lane will enrich the lives of
thousands of educators, and perhaps millions of students
.”
John Snyder, Advanced Technologies Academy, Nevada


Lisa Jura at Piano

Musical Selections

FREE DOWNLOADS

Download and play Musical Selections related to the book to give students a sense of the music that is so central to Lisa’s story. In these selections, Mona Golabek introduces and plays a portion of each piece featured in the book.


“This book is very touching and I hope it inspires everyone who reads it to follow in Lisa’s steps with great determination so they can make their dreams a reality.”
Peter Schamber, Student in Los Angeles




Citywide reading guide

Southern Poverty Law Center Reading Guide

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Download the Citywide Reading Guide for the book created by Southern Poverty Law Center in collaboration with Montgomery Public Schools. This guide was created for the citywide read April 2012 in Montgomery, Alabama.


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