Bonding through Adversity

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  8
Estimated completion time:
 0.75 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Social Studies, History, English Language Arts

In this activity, students will reflect on the bonding effect of shared adverse experiences. They will read an excerpt from The Children of Willesden Lane, the story of Lisa Jura, a 14-year old Holocaust survivor, who was saved through the Kindertransport. The excerpt details the bonding experience Lisa found among the group of children who resided in the group home on Willesden Lane. Students will also listen to a clip of testimony by Ivy Schamis, a teacher survivor of a school shooting, who speaks about the connections she and her students made with other survivors of mass shootings. They will conclude by reflecting on their own experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and how this event can build connections with others in their social environment.

This activity includes the testimony of Ivy Schamis, a survivor of the February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

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