Lesson Plan

Deconstructing Genocide: The Ultimate Crime Against Humanity

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This Deconstructing Genocide: The Ultimate Crime Against Humanity lesson plan also includes:

There are eight stages of an atrocity known as genocide, and it's important to understand how they are represented so we can fight against it in the future. As young historians watch video clips of ten Jewish Holocaust survivors' testimonies, they will complete a graphic organizer in which they consider how each clip reflects one of the eight stages of genocide.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Design some alternative follow-up discussion questions for after each video clip testimony that focus on features other than the stages of genocide, such as each speaker's specific references to historical artifacts (e.g. Star of David, German newspapers, etc.)
Classroom Considerations
  • As this lesson is meant to be a culminating activity after reviewing the eight stages of genocide, learners should be given time to read the informational text included in the resource and to clarify their understanding of the stages in a discussion and/or writing
  • Biographical sketch sheet provides excellent contextual information for viewing video clip testimonies
  • Well-organized graphic organizer to accompany video
  • Offers variety of ideas for assessment, including a prompt for a multimedia presentation or in-class expository essay
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