by Katelyn Shanklin, Carver Center For Arts & Technology

Modified by Rosemarie Bernier, Hamilton High School

In this WebQuest, students will work in groups to explore the history and implications of modern acts of genocide. After researching a specific act of genocide in modern history, each group will design a mini-lesson to present to the class about that event.


     Genocide in Rwanda

Hatred and Modern Atrocities: Understanding Genocide

The Holocaust was a tragedy that consumed 6 million Jewish lives and a further 2 million non-Jewish Communists, dissidents, homosexuals, and mentally disabled people. After this mass-atrocity concluded and the scope of the horror committed by the Nazis was revealed,  the rallying cry for the global community became “never again”. However, since the Holocaust, many different genocides have happened. We will be researching modern Genocide and creating informative presentations for the class.

What is Genocide?

Genocide is a term created during the Holocaust and declared an international crime in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Convention defines genocide as any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

a. Killing members of the group;
b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

The specific "intent to destroy" particular groups is unique to genocide. A closely related category of international law, crimes against humanity, is defined as widespread or systematic attacks against civilians.

Photo citation:
Lemarchand, Rene. "Rwandan Genocide." World History: The Modern Era,
ABC-CLIO, 2018, Accessed 30 Apr. 2018.