Educational package about Jan Karski and his times

„Jan Karski and His Times” is an internet educational package created by the Polish History Museum.

The material based on the biography of the famed emissary shows the broad context of his activities. The materials included in the package are related with the German occupation in Poland, the Polish Underground State and the situation of Jewish population, and other topics. There are also proposals for screenplays for history classes, Polish language, ethics and general education. Its unquestionable asset rests in the possibility of using material in many broadly conceived fields of humanistic education. This way, the material fits into the foundations of the new school program in Poland and abroad.

The package refers to the method of case study – we look at the “big” history through an individual story and, through him or her, we show the most important aspects of the reality in which Jan Karski lived and was active. Multidimensionality of the prepared package allows its realization as class projects.

The package is available on the website www.karski.muzhp.pl.


Educational Package “Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision”

“Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision” is the title of an online educational package addressed to everybody interested in history, particularly secondary school students and teachers.
Our package has an interdisciplinary character, with Tadeusz Kościuszko’s biography serving as a starting point for the individual topics. While reading, a user gradually becomes familiar with the biography of the Commander-in-Chief of Poland’s first national uprising. Arranged according to the chronology of Kościuszko’s biography, important dates in Polish and general history divide the package into parts.  

An important element of our package is the Knowledge Base module, which contains a biographical dictionary, a glossary, a collection of quotations, routes of three walking tours in Warsaw and Cracow, and teaching materials addressed to teachers. The glossary comprises all terms mentioned in the package. Arranged alphabetically and accompanied with additional iconography, they can become an excellent supplement to the knowledge transferred in the package. The biographical dictionary contains illustrations and short biographical entries regarding the individuals mentioned in the individual parts. 

The teaching aids include a collection of quotations from sources contemporary to Kościuszko. The quotes pertain to the events described in the package and also supplement the information it provides. We are also working on lesson plans and source editions for classroom use.

This educational package complies with the core curriculum, also for Polish students abroad. It employs the case study method, as ‘big’ history is looked at through the prism of the individual lot, which is used to demonstrate the most important aspects of the reality in which Tadeusz Kościuszko lived and acted. 

The package is available at www.kosciuszko.muzhp.pl.