The Promise: Analyzing the Historical Context

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 CCSS, ISTE NETS, C3 Framework
Subject Area:
 History, Civics & Government, English Language Arts, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, World History, Character Education, Social Studies

This activity will have students explore the historical context of The Promise by having them identify cultural, political, economic, social, and geographical factors that play a role to influence the events in the film. Students will develop an inquiry about a significant topic related to one of the factors and will research primary and secondary sources to build their historical knowledge. As a result of this activity, students will build a video essay that shares their findings and reflects their analysis of how knowledge of this history informs their understanding of humanity and current day events.

This activity features the testimony of Hagop Asadourian from the Armenian Genocide testimony collection.

Thumbnail Image: The Bridge of Palu, Kharpert.circa1900s.
Image Provided by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc.

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