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Genocide RESEARCH The Assignment: Choose one incidence of genocide to research.

The culmination of your project should respond to the following areas: 1) History of conflict; 2) Apply the eight stages of genocide to your chosen topic; 3) World involvement; 4) Outcome; 5) Education. You will create an online exhibition for your chosen topic (www.wix.com, webs.com, or www.sites.google.com ). The goal of your site is to one, call attention to the atrocity of genocide, two, educate the public on your topic, and three, preventionwhat can we, as a global community, learn from your site (what we can do before, during, and after to help). Your project will consist of four basic parts: Your website will include the following pages (you may add more if you wish): 1) Background, 2) Timeline, 3) Photo Essay, 4) Testimony (the testimony poems), 5) Media The Research: You must include a two page parenthetically documented summary of your chosen topic. You will paste this research paper into the background page of your website. Minimum3 sources. The research must address these three components: 1) provide a brief history of your chosen place, 2) an overview of the conflict, 3) the resolution of the conflict and impact on the people and culture. (For the resolution, pay attention to whether or not those who committed the genocide were held accountable, and also whether or not there is still rebuilding going on for the people or the area affected.) III. A Photo Essay: : Create a photo essay about a subject that, according to Mr. Liebling, is the real source or the truth. This photo essay will include at least five photographs with caption s. What issue, event, location, person, movement, etc. is worth documenting? What images would help to capture that issue, event, location, person, movement, etc.? (As you consider your photographs, consider the following questions): (See http://www.time.com/time/photoessays as an example) Your photo essays must consist of five images and captions for these images that are written in your own words and include the following: 1) Your will create your own original title for the photograph 2) What is the subject of the photograph? 3) HOW is this subject depicted? (focal points, background, camera angle, color and clarity, etc.) 4) What is the mood of the photo and what achieves this mood? 5) What is the theme/message of the photograph? (consider how the subject and mood work together to achieve this message) 6) You must state the photographer and photograph title in your caption. Place the URL after the photographer/title. NOTE: Your chosen images should work together to paint a picture/tell a story about your chosen topic/event. III. Creative Writing Portion: You will write three original poems about your event adhering to the following example and directions: When American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1945, they were stunned and outraged by what they saw. Here is a reaction that was recorded at the time: Our men cried. We were a combat unit. We'd been to Anzio, to southern France, Sicily, Salermo, the Battle of the Bulge, and we'd never, never seen anything like this. In the children's cell block, the bedding, the clothing, the floors besmeared with months of dysentery. I could put my fingers around their upper arms, their ankles, so little flesh. Two hundred and fifty children. Children of prisoners. Polish children. Czechoslovakian children. I can't remember what I did after I saw the children. II.

Barbara Helfgot-Hyett, a poet, was so impressed with remarks like these that she rearranged the words as poetry. The book that she created by this method is called In Evidence. Compare her version below of the preceding comments. What different impressions do the words make when written as prose and as poetry? Our men cried. We were a combat unit. We'd been to Anzio, to southern France, Sicily, Salermo, the Battle of the Bulge, and we'd never, ever seen anything like this. In the children's cell block, the bedding, the clothing, the floors besmeared with dysentery. I could put my fingers around their upper arms, their ankles, so little flesh. Two hundred and fifty children. Children of prisoners. Polish children. Czechoslovakian children. I can't remember what I did after I saw the children.

When one reads these testimonies as poetry, the words seem to grow in intensity. The same shock and heartbreak are present in both versions, but the second format somehow brings out the emotions more powerfully. Maybe this is because of the way the poet decided to break up the sentences. Notice the words that are placed at the end of lines for emphasis. Notice also the way certain phrases are emphasized because they have an entire line to themselves. Notice how the reader pauses at certain points and is forced to focus on specific words and details. POETRY ASSIGNMENT: Based on what role you are assigned, choose a powerful story or testimony from your chosen topic. Rewrite the paragraph as a poem, using the above example as a model . Be sure to retain the original words and punctuation. You are merely dividing the lines for meaning. You may add images for added effect. IV. Media: In this section, you will include a Media Page with links for further study, essays, articles, or videos to this portion to enhance your website. Be creative. (BONUS): You will receive extra credit for any additional original technology, such as original PowerPoints, original films, etc. (See classroom examples). If you create a PowerPoint, you must have a minimum of ten slides with images and original written text, sound effects, transitions, and custom animation.

NOTE: This assignment is broad and lets you express your topic in a creative manner. Have fun with it. During your presentation, when you set up and present your project, feel free to bring in props, costumes, and artifacts to enhance your project.

Genocide Research Rubric NOTE: THIS PROJECT COUNTS AS BOTH A RESEARCH GRADE AND A TEST GRADE. Research PaperResearch Grade FORMAT: Paper possesses solid paragraphs that possess both strong introductory and conclusion sentences. _____/15 points CONTENT: Paper provides accurate and thorough information on topic of choice. _____/25 points DOCUMENTATION: Paper displays accurate MLA format for parenthetical documentation and Works Cited page. NOTE: IF THERE IS NO INTERNAL DOCUMENTATION OR WORKS CITED PAGE, OR IF THE SOURCES ARE MADE UP SOURCES OR IF THE PAPER IS PLAGIARIZED, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR THE ENTIRE PAPER) _____/35 points SENTENCE STRUCTURE/STYLE: Paper possesses varied sentences, avoids passive voice, and makes use of effective stylistic techniques (i.e. word choice, parallelism, transitional devices). Paper uses complete sentences (avoids fragments, comma-splices, and run-on sentences), and uses transitions to move smoothly between paragraphs and points. _____/15 points GRAMMAR: Paper is grammatically correct and free of spelling errors. _____/10 points RESEARCH TOTAL: _______/100 I. Website Project Test Grade Technology (Actual Website): - Layout: layout clearly shows that time and effort went into this portion of the project, and the project is pleasing to the eye: _____/10 - Provides a blend of media to enhance project and meets requirements of selection (i.e. film, sound, special effects, etc.): _____/10 - Accuracy of information and relevance to project: _____/15 - Possesses parenthetical MLA documentation or MLA footnotes)and there is an additional page titled Works Cited, where you cite the bibliographic information of your sources in MLA format ( Zero on technology portion if no citations/Works Cited Page):: ______:/10 TOTAL: _______/45 Photo Essay: (Minimum of Five Photographs): - Includes original title that accurately captures photographs theme/mood: ____/5 - First sentence of caption includes photographers name and title of photograph: ___/ 5 - Captions include the required criteria: subject matter, technique, tone/mood, theme/purpose: ____/15 - Uses proper MLA format on photographs citation ( Zero on photo essay if no citation): _____/5 TOTAL: ________/30 Creative Writing: Adaption Written Word into Poetry: (Minimum of Three Poems) - Poem retains original words, punctuation, and capitalization: _____/5 - The words at the end of the lines and the words chosen to stand as lines themselves clearly enhance the emotion/message of the original selection: ____/15 - Uses proper MLA format on selections citation (Zero on poem section if no citations): _____/5 TOTAL: ______/25 PROJECT TOTAL: ________/100

II. Presentation Grade Knowledge of Topic: student is familiar with topic and is able to present topic confidently, without having to constantly reference notes, and without continued pauses: ______/20 Eye Contact/Vocal Inflection: looks around the room, and not down or at notes; loud enough to hear and not monotone: ______/15 Props: Student utilizes props/artifacts (books, photographs, and original or created artifacts) to enhance presentation: ______/5 Dress: Student comes appropriately dressed for part (business attire); bonus to come dressed in period costume: _____/5 Class Involvement: Student comes up with creative ways to pull class into the presentation: _______/5 PRESENTATION TOTAL: _______/50