Joe's Violin

  • Joe's Violin
  • Kahane Cooperman
  • Spojené státy
  • 2016
  • 24 min.
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  • To bring up the topic of old age and discuss intergenerational relationships
  • To encourage students to talk to their grandparents and other elderly people
  • To revise and learn vocabulary related to music

Joseph Feingold was born into a musical family where having an ear for music and knowing how to play an instrument played a significant role. For him, the most important musical instrument was always the violin. After World War II broke out, he was deported from his home in Poland to Siberia together with his father. At the end of the war, he was in a German displaced persons camp awaiting passage to America and made sure to bring his violin along with him. But now, due to his old age, he can no longer play it, which is why he decided to donate the instrument to a music school in the Bronx. His violin is now used by a young girl named Brianna who shares the same musical passion as him and understands how important music is for building intergenerational relationships. 

Recommended age group

12—15 years

Thematic area

Cizojazyčné lekce

Theme

Angličtina / English

Teaching materials

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Bridging generational gaps with music

Activity / 60 min

Students will:

  • practise vocabulary related to music
  • write a short text in English using R.A.F.T. method
  • understand the importance of intergenerational relationships

Questions and answers

Informational texts

  • the Holocaust
  • how did WW II start? 
  • conditions in the labour and concentration camps
  • emigration after the war

Jak na reflexi emocí po filmové projekci

Informational texts

  • proč je důležité pracovat s emocemi, které film v žácích vyvolal
  • základní metody reflexe: Jedno slovo, I.N.S.E.R.T., Pětilístek

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Accompanying and recommended materials

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Foundation that made Joseph's donation of violin possible

Facing History and Ourselves

Organization developing educational training materials on prejudices and injustice in American and European society, with a focus on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Joe's Violin

The film's official website providing information on the film anf filmmakers