Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
Students will explore the definition of genocide, will learn about different instances of the practice within world history, and will consider the importance of education as a tool to prevent future instances of genocide.
An understanding of genocide, particularly that which occurred in Cambodia in the 1970s and 1980s is crucial to students' understanding of Patricia McCormick's narrative focusing on Arn's experiences as a child soldier and the oppression inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Class Discussion: What is the definition of genocide? How do events such as Hitler's persecution of the Jews, the Khmer Rouge's horror in Cambodia, and the "ethnic cleansing" in Yugoslavia fit the definition?
Group Activity: Divide the class into small groups. Ask each group to choose an instance of genocide to research and have them present their findings to the class regarding the historical or present-day...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.3, 9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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