Using Testimony in the Classroom: Guidance for Teachers

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A set of resources for teachers of KS3, KS4 and KS5 across English, Drama, Religious Studies, and History. The resources focus on the practical, ethical and methodological issues surrounding the use of testimony in the classroom. These materials have been developed by Prof. Sara Jones, in collaboration with Dr Gary Mills (University of Nottingham), the Holocaust Educational Trust, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and National Holocaust Centre and Museum. The resources include “lesson sketches” and outline ideas for starters and plenaries, key considerations for working with different kinds of testimony (video testimony, diary, poetry, literature, documentary film and theatre), and example activities with suggestions for extension and group work. The “Research Briefings” offer pedagogical guidance in two areas: (1) why and how to use testimony in different forms in the classroom; (2) working with the testimony of Kindertransportees and of the second and third generations. The pedagogical guidance here has been designed specifically for the use of testimony in Holocaust education; however, the ideas and concepts are broadly applicable to the use of testimony in relation to other traumatic and violent events.
Original languageEnglish
TypeEducational resource
Media of outputOnline resource
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2020


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