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To Hope and Back The Journey of the S.S. St. Louis Combining Literature with History – Grades 5 – 8 – Spring 2022 – 10 Weeks

Wednesday, March 30 2022 @ 11:00AM - Wednesday, June 15 2022 @ 12:30PM EDT

| $125.00


Wednesday, March 30 2022 @ 11:00AM EDT
Wednesday, June 15 2022 @ 12:30PM EDT
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Virtual (Jigsaw/Canvas)
+1 203 741 8570


Day of Week
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11:00AM - 12:30PM (ET)
Eva Goldstein-Meola
Instructor Email:
[email protected]


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To Hope and Back
$ 125.00
15 available

Can you imagine reaching out to the president of the United States about a ship full of Jewish refugees, who are going to be sent to concentration camps or worse, death camps, if they return to Germany, and the President of the United States not responding?

This class is about the true story of a journey on a ship, The SS St. Louis, sailing in 1939 with just under 900 Jewish passengers and what happened to them.

The story of Lisa and Sol, two young children on the SS St. Louis, is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of these innocent children, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.

Together, we will read, discuss, map out the route taken, understand the history, write journal entries, discuss the prejudice and hatred and try to understand why the world turned their back on The SS St. Louis.  Students will keep an interactive notebook filled with maps, pictures, journal writing, timelines and more!  As a final project, students will create a video sharing their reflection about this horrible event in history.

Have your child join us in this powerful class.

This class is sponsored; therefore, it is HALF PRICE.  No coupon codes can be used.


Registration deadline is March 1, 2022.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Recent Reviews:

It’s been two years since my daughter took this class, and she’s still talking about it!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 24, 2021

This was the first literature class my daughter took through OTA as a fifth grader. She’s still talking about two years later and looking for other classes on WWII! She’s since chosen to read other books (and watched several movies) on WWII and is actually interested in that period of history. Coming from a kid who says history is boring, this is huge! Mrs. Eva does a phenomenal job at getting ALL kids interested in literature and her historical literature classes are a great way to get your student interested in history.

BC, Kentucky

A deeper understanding of the holocaust

Rated 5 out of 5
January 25, 2021

If you don’t know how to introduce the horrors of WWII Nazi Germany, this is the class that will help you do that. We have had so many conversations since she has taken this class that expand on the topic.

Bonnie Bekisz

Fantastic Teacher - Take ALL her classes!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 13, 2020

Eva is a fantastic teacher. My daughter, J, has now been taking Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing classes for 3 years with her. We started because I couldn’t find a writing curriculum that worked for her. With Eva’s online class and specific, step-by-step instructions, that are very clearly written, Julie’s writing has taken off to a level that impresses us.
This year we decided to add a literature class, To Hope and Back, also taught by Eva. At first Julie wasn’t very excited to start, but it has easily become her favorite class of the year. She actually saves the assignments for last saying she’s saving the best subject for last. I think the small size of the class and live classroom discussions encourage Julie to be more involved and feel like her voice is important.
As a by-product, the writing assignments for literature have now turned into a tiny competition with herself to include as many styles as possible that she has learned in her Middle School Writing class. Eva is extremely easy to work with, extremely understanding and extremely fair. She’s quick with any communication, and just an all-round friendly person. I think her ability to understand the level each child is at and how to encourage them in a gentle manner to excel makes her an outstanding teacher.

L.F.S., Virginia

My daughter loved this class.

Rated 5 out of 5
December 13, 2020

My daughter just completed her first class: To Hope and Back, The Story of the U.S.S. St. Louis. She loved it!!!
Eva was an incredible teacher. Fun and informative. The amount of homework was not overwhelming.
My daughter loved this class so much that I never had to remind her. She was always sitting at her desk 15 minutes before start time. We have just signed up for another close with Open Tent. I highly recommend!

K.S., Vermont

One of our favorites!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 13, 2020

We are thrilled to have placed so many courses in the hands of OTA’s professionals.
We’ve been homeschooling for eight years and outsource the majority of our classes, so we know a thing or two about live online classes!
Some of our favorites were…. To Hope and Back, I am Malala, Adulting 101, Strong Males, You Can’t Stop Them, IEW Writing, Biology and High School Geography.
The flow of information was timely and thorough. When questions arose, we always received a prompt and comprehensive response. In terms of technology, Canvas worked very well; we had no issues or problems accessing Canvas or signing into the live classes. Course content was appropriate and on-grade for each class. Teachers were professional and engaging with a clear desire to share their passions. Without hesitation, I recommend OTA to other homeschool families.

P.K, Connecticut

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