Inside a Genocide Studies Classroom: Where to Begin? Identity

Posted by Lanny Cedrone on April 3, 2014

With any new course, teachers will often ask themselves, “Where do I begin?” This is an even more daunting question when dealing with such a difficult subject as genocide. In my preparation for teaching the Grade 11 Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities course at Louise Arbour Secondary School, I asked myself, “How can the students and I relate to situations that are so extreme and beyond most of our experiences?” 

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Topics: Identity, milgram, We and They, Strategies, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Inside a Genocide Classroom

Resources of Resistance: Why Every Grade 10 History Teacher Should Teach About the Holocaust

Posted by Ben Gross on March 14, 2013

I am often asked why I would want to teach about genocide. What would possess me to spend so much time reading, talking, and thinking about some of the worst events in human history? My answer to this question has always been inspired by Wangari Maathai’s Story of the Hummingbird. Like many good stories, the way it is told varies. My delivery tends to be the following:

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Topics: Facing History Resources, History, milgram, resistance, reflection


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