Westridge Middle School
Overland Park, Kansas
At least 5 class periods
Can the media incite violence?
This unit aims to address the issue of media and violence, and to explore how the media influenced the Rwandan Genocide and The Holocaust. Using primary resources, transcripts and propaganda terminology, the learners will:
This unit is intended to be integrated into Holocaust studies and therefore assumes students know at least the basics about The Holocaust. If you would like to use it as an independent unit, not having studied the Holocaust, you will need to add in a lesson after the lesson about Rwanda, giving students the basic information about the Holocaust.
Lesson Part 1: Propaganda, the media and incitement
Lesson Part 2: The Rwandan Genocide
Lesson Part 3: Print Media and Genocide
Lesson Part 4: Radio and Genocide
Lesson Park 5: Culpability
Complete Unit as one document
Pedagogical note from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education: We encourage all educators to be familiar with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust. When teaching this unit, please remember the guideline which tells us to avoid comparisons of suffering and pain. This includes both individuals and groups.
This teaching unit was designed by a member of the Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre.
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