On our Youtube channel, you can watch a video of Liam Neeson, who played Oskar Schindler, presenting our curriculum guide and sharing a bit about his experience on set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5eayxsa9g0.
Schindler’s List Curriculum Guide
Lesson 1: Nazism in Germany and the Building of the “Racial State” (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: The Man Who Was Oskar Schindler (English, Social Studies)
Lesson 3: Resistance During the Holocaust (Social Studies)
Lesson 4: “The Righteous Gentile” (English, Social Studies)
Lesson 5: In the Spirit of Schindler (Social Studies, Speech)
Lesson 6: The Art of Steven Spielberg (Film Literacy)
Lesson 7: The Making of Schindler’s List (Film Literacy, English)
Lesson 8: Antisemitism Today, Updated 2023 (Social Studies)
The Glossary of Film Terms linked below is useful for the Film Literacy lessons that are part of this curriculum guide.
Lesson 8, Antisemitism Today, is also available as its own download. This lesson can be used with the film, but is also designed to be a standalone lesson. If using this lesson in a standalone setting, without the film, simply advise students to skip the small number of questions on handouts that pertain to the film. Additionally, this updated/revised lesson features a three key sections with handouts: Antisemitism Day (Response Journal), An Audit of Hate Crimes in the United States, and White Supremacy and Antisemitism. These can be used together or separately. Additional resources on antisemitism and antiracism are included in the lesson as well.
This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.
Finally, Schindler’s List is one of 6 films and corresponding curriculum resources that we’ve highlighted in an article on Teaching with Primary Sources Through Film: https://journeysinfilm.org/articles/teaching-with-primary-sources-through-film/.