Film and Podcast | Aligned IWitness Activities

Tuesday March 17, 2020


IWitness Activity
and Aims

Aligned Aim
 Enduring Understanding

The Promise

Directed by George Terry

The Promise is a historical fiction
film that conveys a multi-perspective history of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 - 1916.

As the plot of The Promise
unfolds in the Ottoman Empire during 1914, on the brink of its entrance into the First World War and the Armenian Genocide, viewers discover the symbolic love between friends, family, and one's
national identity. The Promise
shares the story of Ottoman Armenian people and the brave
men and women who risked their lives to help save them from complete annihilation.

Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime

The Promise:
Before Viewing the Film

The Promise: Analyzing the Historical Context

The Promise: After the Film

The Promise: Resistance, Reporting and Relief

As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·      Analyze, synthesize and corroborate primary and secondary sources to extend student historical thinking and understanding of the through the human story

·        Reflect on the significance of memory and legacy of the Armenian Genocide in the historical record and in current-day society

·        Discover agency to be stronger than hate as a result of learning about the Armenian Genocide

·        Learn about the Armenian Genocide through primary source testimony and historical fiction film

Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg


The film tells the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

Amazon Prime

Schindler's List: A GeoStory

Schindler's List: Society and Choices

Schindler's List: Analyzing the Historical Context

Oskar Schindler: A Flawed Hero

As a result of completing these activities, students will….

·    Corroborate primary and secondary sources to build historical context of the time period featured in the film

·    Synthesize research to develop a deeper understanding of history and humanity

·    Develop their reading, writing, listening and social emotional skills

We Share the Same Sky


We Share the Same Sky documents a granddaughter's decade-long journey to weave together the thin threads of her family history.

We Share The Same Sky is available for streaming and download directly on IWitness. You can also listen via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and most podcast streaming services.


Memory and the Next Generation

We Share the Same Sky: Refugees


As a result of completing these activities, students will…

·      Gain a deeper understanding about the effects of displacement and resettlement on cultures and societies

·    Recognize the consequences of resettlement through multiple experiences

·    Understand the value of collecting and sharing memories

·    Develop listening,         
     analytical, and social
     emotional skills

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