Patterns of Genocide: Are We Condemned to Repeat the Past?

Ms. Atkinson

English II

Melissa High School

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The Project

You and your team will examine a modern genocide in one of six places: Rwanda, Chechnya, DR Congo, Sudan, Burundi, or Bosnia. Your essential questions are:

· What were the warning signs?

· What acts of violence occurred?

· How did the international community respond?

· What is the legacy (lasting consequences) of this genocide?

You will produce a documentary about your genocide using PhotoStory. Your documentary should answer the questions and all members of your group should be ready to answer questions from your classmates.




Brief History of Rwanda From the Rwandan official website (beware bias!!)

Rwanda’s 100 Days of Genocide Warning! Contains disturbing images.

Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened From the BBC

The Triumph of Evil from PBS. Excellent resource for the response of IC.



Regions and Territories: Chechnya From the BBC

Conflict in Chechnya From PBS. Use the links on the right side of the page.

Chechnya Advocacy Network Be aware of possible bias, use links on left.

Chechnya’s dissenting Voice Silenced From the BBC

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Democratic Republic of the Congo Country Profile from the BBC

Congo’s Forgotten War An opinion piece (video) from the New York Times.

DR Congo from the New York Times



Origins of the Conflict

The Lost Boys of Sudan

Violence Reignites in Darfur

Crisis in Darfur Evidence of destruction from Google Earth



Q and A: Burundi Massacre

Burundi Country Profile

Timeline Burundi

Burundi: On the Knife’s Edge News reports from 1996



Bosnia-Herzegovina Country Profile

Slobodan Milosevic and the road to genocide in Bosnia

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1925 from The History Place

Timeline: Siege of Srbrenica



Telling Their Stories Interviews with survivors of genocide

Raphael Lemkin Inventor of the term genocide

CIA world Factbook

Lonely Planet Travel Guide What would it be like to travel to your country?

Over a Thousand Hills I walk With You (Rwanda)

Native American Genocide Still Haunts America Something to Think About

Maps of Chechnya

Maps of Rwanda

The Perry-Castaneda Map Collection from UT




Begin by Reading Background Information

What is Genocide? from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Eight Stages of Genocide

Find out about your country using the CIA World Factbook

Find out about your country’s genocide

Use the links on the right. Be aware of potential bias!


The Product

You and your group will create a mini documentary, using Microsoft Photo Story, a free, downloadable program. You documentary will answer the four essential questions and tell the story of your genocide via images (photos and pictures), music, text, and narration.

It is imperative (and an important part of your grade) that you document and cite your sources. This means that whenever you use an image or music, you must give credit to its creator. Use this sheet to keep track of what you find. Use this information in EasyBib to create citations. Use the citations as credits at the end of your project.


Look at Two Examples


Sunday, Bloody Sunday

You will see the sample Photo Story I created about “Bloody Sunday” in Ireland. This video relies heavily on music to set the tone for the text and photos. If you use an entire song that is not your own original recording, you will not be able to post your project on any website. If you want your project on our YouTube channel you have a few options:

1. Search copyright friendly music sources like Creative Commons to find a piece of music that works

2. Use ten percent or less of the song (around 30 seconds)

3. Create your own original music using software like Garage Band or Audacity


The Civil War: Fort Sumter

Click here to see an example of “Ken Burns Style” documentary film making. Notice the elements that are layered to make the video: Still images, period music, sound effects, narration, an actor reading primary source material such as a diary. These elements, combined with the pan/zoom on the photos creates a fantastic presentation.


Photostory Tips and Resources

Making Your first Photo Story

Photo Story FAQ