For Teachers

 

    The Holodomor National Awareness Tour offers three educational modules, two on board the Mobile Classroom and one in a larger school setting:

 
 


The first lesson (60 minutes) is a primer on the Holodomor and the concept of genocide. The module starts with an introduction to genocide, followed by a short documentary film on the Holodomor. Then students become detectives during our “Historian’s Craft” activity. They collaboratively explore the history of the Holodomor by analyzing primary and secondary source material on iPads and share their findings with the class. The module concludes with a discussion on Canadian values of human rights, civility, and tolerance in fighting discrimination and prejudice.

The second lesson (60 minutes) is “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Raising Voices Out of Silence”. This module offers an immersive learning experience through the perspective of courageous individuals who were dedicated in writing truthfully about the Holodomor, countering the disinformation, fake news and cover-up perpetrated by Stalin’s regime. In the latter half of the lesson, students are empowered as active and informed citizens by building their own “Wall of Truth”, an interactive digital piece of art that they create in groups and are encouraged to share with the public.

The third lesson (75 minutes) is an in-school presentation based on the award-winning documentary “Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story” (directed by Andrew Tkach, 2017). The film documents the story of Canadian reporter Rhea Clyman, the first Western journalist to expose Stalin’s state-sponsored famine-genocide. In 1932, at the age of 28, Clyman travelled clandestinely through Ukraine to witness the famine first-hand. Her 22 newspaper articles remain an invaluable testament to the suffering that ravaged the Ukrainian countryside. After the film, our facilitator engages the students with a discussion on the importance of individuals speaking truth to power, even in the most difficult circumstances. The module demonstrates that the best defense against the power of misinformation is education. Click here for a short trailer of the “Hunger for Truth: Rhea Clyman Story” documentary.

 
Once the HMC has been booked, the teacher will receive a Pre-Visit Package that includes information regarding historical context on the Holodomor and an outline of the methodology and structure of the lesson.

Link to Holodomor Resources

Curriculum Applications

The lessons prepared by the Holodomor National Awareness Tour foster critical thinking, communication skills, digital literacy, global awareness, and civic and social responsibility. Our programming also satisfies many aspects of the Ontario high school curriculum and complements such courses as:

  • Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic (CHC2D)
  • Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Applied (CHC2P)
  • Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10, Open (CHV2O)
  • Media Arts, Grade 10, Open (ASM2O)

 

  • Communications Technology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (TGJ3M)
  • English, Grade 11, College Preparation (ENG3C)
  • English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U)
  • Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (HSE3E)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 11, Open (IDC3O or IDP3O)
  • Media Arts, Grade 11, Open (ASM3O)
  • Media Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (ASM3M)
  • Media Studies, Grade 11, Open (EMS3O)
  • Origins and Citizenship: The History of a Canadian Ethnic Group, Grade 11, Open (CHE3O)
  • Politics in Action: Making Change, Grade 11, Open (CPC3O)
  • Visual Arts, Grade 11, Open (AVI3O)
  • World History since 1900: Global and Regional Interactions, Grade 11, Open (CHT3O)

 

  • Adventures in World History, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (CHM4E)
  • Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12, University Preparation (CHI4U)
  • Canadian and International Politics, Grade 12, University Preparation (CPW4U)
  • Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University Preparation (HSB 4U)
  • Communications Technology, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (TGJ4M)
  • Communications Technology: Digital Imagery and Web Design, Grade 12, Open (TGJ4O)
  • English, Grade 12, College Preparation (ENG4C)
  • English, Grade 12, University Preparation (ENG4U)
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HSE4M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, Open (IDC4O or IDP4O)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, University Preparation (IDC4U or IDP4U)
  • Media Arts, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (ASM4M)
  • Media Arts, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (ASM4E)
  • Visual Arts, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AVI4M)
  • Visual Arts, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (AVI4E)
  • World History since the Fifteenth Century, Grade 12, College Preparation (CHY4C)
  • World History since the Fifteenth Century, Grade 12, University Preparation (CHY4U)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, College Preparation (CGW4C)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, University Preparation (CGW4U)

 

For more teaching resources on the Holodomor follow the link below to the educational hub directory of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (CIUS – University of Alberta), where you will find additional Holodomor resources including connections to provincial curricula, lesson plans and teaching materials. You’ll also find a list of recommended documentaries, primary and secondary historical resources, texts and survivors accounts.

Link to Holodomor Educational Hub

Sponsors, Supporters and Partners

Temerty Family Foundation
Petro Jacyk Education Foundation
Petro Jacyk Education Foundation
Ihnatowycz Family Foundation

Contact Us

Tel: (416) 966-9800

Email: holodomor.tour@cufoundation.ca

620 Spadina Avenue, 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario M5S 2H4

Holodomor National Awareness Tour