Lesson 1 (from Preface)
A Problem from Hell focuses, according to the author, on America's response to genocide. The purpose of this lesson is to explore the author's reasons for choosing this focus.
1) Have students make a presentation regarding the reasons why genocide takes place and give it in class.
2) In-class essay: Have students write a two- to three-paragraph essay that analyzes and explains the reasons Power gives for deciding to write A Problem from Hell. Ask a few of the students to share their essays.
3) In-class discussion: Which of the following genocides that are discussed in the book are you familiar with? Based on the knowledge you already have, consider the following questions for each of the acts of genocide listed below: What led up to the genocide? Who were the perpetrators, and who were the targeted groups? Why were the victims targeted? Was the government behind the...
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