The Promise: Survival and Legacy

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  11 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Literature, History, English Language Arts, Genocide Studies, Media & Digital Literacy, Visual Arts, Armenian Genocide

In this activity, students reflect on the concept of survival and the significance of being a survivor of genocide. They will draw connections between survivor experiences of genocide in The Promise and primary source testimony of Armenian Genocide survivors. By the end of this activity, students will construct a Word Cloud and a short poem dedicated to the legacy of an Armenian survivor.

This activity includes testimony from Armenian survivors; Rose Apelian, Arshag Dickranian, S.Yeznig Boyadjian, Nvart Assaturian, Hagop Asadourian, Haig Baronian, Sam Kadorian and Siranoush Danielian.

Thumbnail Image:
Eleanor Caroglanian and Seda Gelenian dance, center stage, with Gayane Armenian Folk Dance Group of Washington, D.C., Armenian Day, New York World’s Fair, 1965; photographer unknown.
Courtesy of Eleanor Der Parseghian Caroglanian

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