Joe's Violin

  • Darované housle
  • Kahane Cooperman
  • Spojené státy
  • 2016
  • 24 min.
  • titulky
  • 12—15 let
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. 


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Recommended age group

12—15 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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Bridging generational gaps with music

Activity / A2+ / 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

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Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

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

Teaching with documentaries: Methodological handbook

Handbook containing a collection of comprehensive activities designed for teaching with documentaries, along with the OWIS theoretical framework for English lessons.

English activities for teaching with documentaries

Informational texts

A set of activities generally applicable to working with film in English classes

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

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