Confronting Antisemitism by Engaging Historical Thinking Skills

Carly Fox, History Teacher
Palo Alto, CA

This talk offers a four-day lesson plan on effective strategies for teaching about the “age of anxiety,” the rise of fascism, World War II, the Holocaust, and antisemitism. Educators will learn how to engage challenging content by emphasizing critical historical thinking skills such as contextualization, sourcing, primary source analysis, and continuity and change over time. Significantly, this talk also explores how to help students both recognize and interrupt the continuing rise of anti-Semitism and the ways contemporary conspiracy theories often fuel it. By engaging historical thinking skills, students learn important tools to help them navigate our own age of anxiety and politics of fear.

Carly teaches World History, US History, and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Castilleja, an independent all-girls school in Palo Alto, CA.

Join the conversation.
Have thoughts you'd like to share about this topic or video? Join the Assessing Historical Thinking Track discussion forum.