Politics and Place

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  10 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 2 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 CCSS, ISTE NETS, National Geographic Standards
Subject Area:
 Civics & Government, Contemporary World Issues, English Language Arts, Genocide Studies, Government, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Media & Digital Literacy, World History, Social Studies, Armenian Genocide

In this activity, students will explore how political ideology can influence policies that impact people, characteristics, and memory of places over time. Students will learn about Pan-Turkism and the policies carried out by the Ottoman government, from 1913 to 1918. They will examine primary and secondary sources to analyze how these policies impacted the Armenian population, the places where they lived in the Ottoman Empire, and the memory of these locations over time.

Students will research and analyze sources about a different time and place where political ideology influenced policies and impacted people and their memory of the places where they lived. Students will build a GeoStory with clips of testimony, maps, and other sources demonstrating their findings.

This activity is recommended before classroom viewings of The Promise to contextualize the political atmosphere of the Armenian Genocide for students.

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