2 or 10 Day Armenian Genocide Lesson Plan
The Two Day plan is intended to be completed in two fifty-minute class periods, with 2 homework assignments, the lesson includes the definition of genocide, historical background on the Armenian case, a review of other major genocides, a short national TV news piece, and readings from survivor testimonies.
The Ten Day lesson includes film, primary documents, and the UN Declaration of Human Rights
Part II, examines the economic developments of competing empires with subsequent loss of territory and rise of state repression over time. The final product is a colorful timeline linking seemingly disparate elements into a visible pattern. Students will also gain the opportunity to place the Armenian Genocide next to other acts of genocide and human rights abuses throughout history.
Part III builds on the basic information learned in Part I and the larger historic and political overview gained in Part II. Students can participate in a mock re-enactment of the 1921 trial of Soghomon Tehlirian, who assassinated the mastermind of the Armenian Genocide and was later acquitted. The mock trial allows students to develop historical empathy with the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
A CASE STUDY OF THE FIRST MODERN GENOCIDE OF THE 20TH CENTURY
A Two Day or 10 Day set of Lesson Plans
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS UNIT
Content goals and objectives Students will be able to:
- Examine methods of escalating violence leading to genocides, correlate causes for the Armenian Genocide by analyzing geopolitical/economic complexities
- Study the Eight Stages of Genocide Link the Armenian Genocide to the Jewish Holocaust and the subsequent adoption of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights
- Assess consequences of the Armenian Genocide on the individual and on Europe as a whole
- Discuss revisionism and genocide denial, a significant problem in the case of the Armenian Genocide
Skills goals and objectives
- Evaluation of primary documents
- Map and geography skills
- Synthesis of disparate elements to distinguish historical patterns
- Critical thinking, group work and interactive skills
- Application to current global issues
- Affective exploration through the use of a mock trial