Students will learn the true meaning of freedom seen through the eyes of those who didn’t have it.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an accredited institution that supports educators with effective and engaging digital resources for the classroom. Dedicated to promoting the Czech and Slovak story nationwide, the NCSML’s educational efforts have received high praise for their relevance and impact. In 2017, its elementary immigration curriculum, Maňa: One Girl’s Story, won the Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History. The NCSML collaborates with educators nationwide, ranging from Iowa magnet school teachers to curriculum specialists in Virginia, and NCSML staff also work with European educators to create learning experiences with a global reach.
Flexible and ready to use
68.77.89 is designed for students in grades 9-12. It provides a set of 12 learning activities in 4 modules that meet Common Core, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate standards. The activities can be used as a set designed to be used together, or in single modules as free-standing lessons.
All the resources teachers need are provided:
- Lesson plans, which include overviews, background readings, additional outside resources for students, and model activities
- Links to oral histories, ready to be played
- Links to Socialism Realised media ready to be viewed
- PDF files of literature excerpts
1968 photos courtesy of Paul F. Goldsmith Photography
This project is supported by:
Dr. Nicholas Hartmann
Director of Learning & Civic Engagement
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Fairfax County Public Schools
Dr. Tomaš Vrba
Scholarly Advisor, Charter 77 Signatory
Dr. Kieran Williams
Dr. Kimberly Zarecor
Iowa State University
Dr. David Danaher
University of Wisconsin-Madison