Using Visual Media to Learn about Genocide--OR--Goodbye "boring" History classes

Posted by Jack Lipinsky on April 7, 2013

In my last post I noted how saturated our students are by visual media. What a sharp contrast their lives are with mine at their age. In my high school history classes, the walls were adorned with old men, mostly with mutton chop whiskers and beards, staring down at me. Each of them had their name, dates of birth and death, and a sour stare that intimidated me when I glanced at them. My teachers reverently cited these old mens' careers and quoted them to the point of endless boredom.

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Topics: History, Middle School, Strategies, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Lesson Ideas

Open Letter

Posted by Michael Grover on February 28, 2013

Michael Grover
Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies
Scarborough, ON

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Topics: History, Strategies, Lesson Ideas, English Classroom

The Power of Quotes

Posted by Michael Grover on January 31, 2013

“To be amused at what you read - that is the great spring of quotation.” —Charles Edward Montague

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Topics: Strategies

Right or Responsibility: A Lesson on Sovereignty

Posted by Ben Gross on January 31, 2013

In our studies of 20th century genocides, we explore the rights and roles of leaders in a sovereign state, and the cardinal rule of state sovereignty that has prohibited intervention: the right to independent authority over a territory. But how should sovereignty be exercised? How do we engage students meaningfully in this question?

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Topics: Facing History Resources, History, Strategies, genocide, Totally Unofficial, Raphael Lemkin, sovereignty, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, CHG

Toxic Discussion or Teachable Moment

Posted by John Connelly on January 11, 2013

The classroom can be a dangerous place.

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Topics: Identity, We and They, Strategies, In the news, English Classroom, English


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