Four Resources to Teach About Genocide Awareness and Prevention

Posted by Julia Rappaport on March 30, 2015

In several areas of the United States, April is recognized as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.
Here are four classroom resources you can use in April, or any time of year, to introduce your students to specific moments in world history while encouraging them to consider the behaviors—such as prejudice, stereotyping, and conformity—that contribute to the proliferation of violence today.

EXPLORE IT: The Aftermath Project

Muslim widows during the prayer for the dead offered at the groundbreaking of a memorial site for the 7,000 to 8,000 Muslim men and boys who were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. Courtesy of Sara Terry. Muslim widows during the prayer for the dead offered at the groundbreaking of a memorial site for the 7,000 to 8,000 Muslim men and boys who were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995. Courtesy of Sara Terry.

WATCH IT: Eyewitness to history

WRITE IT: Prompts to study the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide broke out on April 24, 1915. Explore the history of this period with our resource Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians, available for free download. In addition to covering the history of the Armenian Genocide and the evolution of the term "genocide," the resource includes connection questions for student reflection, suggested further reading, and primary source documents that can help prompt writing activities or in-class discussions.

TAKE IT: Professional Development

Topics: Art, Books, Professional Development, Armenian Genocide, Facing History Resources, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, Teaching Resources, Video, History

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