The Promise: Before Viewing the Film

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 0.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 History, Genocide Studies, World History, Armenian Genocide

The Promise is a work of historical fiction that presents an introduction to the multi-perspective history of the Armenian Genocide. This activity builds student historical understanding before they view the film. Students will gather information about the historical context the film portrays by analyzing primary and secondary sources to prepare for the full viewing of the film.

This activity features clips of testimony from Armenian survivor, Alice Shipley and Scholar (Armenian Genocide), Richard Hovannisian.

Thumbnail Image:
The National Hospital, Sepastia, Ottoman Empire, 1903.
Image provided by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc.