In the library or computer lab, you will choose a partner and look up the definition and origin of the word genocide in a print or online encyclopedia of your choice. Remember to record your source information on the MLA handout. As a class, we will read and discuss everyone's answers to make sure we're all on the same page.  Then, together we will look at the website below and examine and discuss the eight stages through which genocide occurs.

The Eight Stages of Genocide

After I've paired up all the partners, your group will choose an act of genocide from the list below to research and investigate for the purpose of this project.

Armenian Genocide 

Darfur Genocide

Rwanda Genocide

Iraq Genocide

Bosnia Genocide

Cambodia Genocide

Ukraine Genocide

Guatemala Genocide

Namibia Genocide

Each member of the group will be responsible for researching one of the aspects below in regards to your chosen genocide and will use that information to create one portion of your group's presentation.  The group needs to decide how to present the genocide and relevant information to the class (PowerPoint, display board, informational video, etc.). Each member must find and record at least four bullets of information and one picture that relates to that information.  The list above is hyperlinked to websites with all the information you need.  Use the Genocide Research handout to sort and document your research.

Group roles – each person will research one of the following:


1. Background (research when and where the genocide occurred)

2. People involved (research the background of the perpetrators and victims)

3. Details of the act (how and why genocide was carried out)

4. Results and consequences (how many were killed, how did it end, and what happened afterwards)


Every member of the group will be responsible for creating an introduction to the presentation that effectively introduces your chosen genocide as well as a Works Cited page or slide that lists your sources in MLA style.  We will discuss the MLA style and work on your Works Cited document after you have completed your research.

Don't forget to refer to the rubric for exact guidelines of this portion of the project.

After your group has researched and organized for the PowerPoint, you also need to discuss ideas and roles for a memorial that you will create to commemorate the people who suffered and died.  Keep in mind that this memorial needs to capture and convey that feelings and emotions of your victims. 

Your memorial will have four parts: visual, audio, written, and presentation; each member of the group will be responsible for one of these aspects. 

Complete the Genocide Memorial handout to organize this portion of your project and turn it in for a grade when you present. 

Use the following document to access examples of memorials around the world and to give you ideas and inspiration for your own:

Memorial Examples

Feel free to do more research if needed, just make sure that you write down the name of any and all sources that you use in creating your memorial, so they can be included in your Works Cited list.

Don't forget to refer to the rubric for exact guidelines of this portion of the project.

Lastly, you will use the information you have gathered and collected to think about the question I posed at the beginning of this project:

Is the United States or any other country responsible for taking action to prevent genocide that is occurring in other countries?

After the completion of tasks one and two as a group, individually you will decide how to answer the question above and create a strong thesis statement in response using this Thesis Builder website.  

Then, you will write a persuasive letter addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which you will state your opinion on the issue above.  The letter must contain at least three strong reasons supported by examples from your group research and discussion that prove your your answer is the correct one.

Don't forget to refer to the persuasive essay rubric for exact guidelines of this portion of the project.