NOTE: Days 2 & 3 require that you have access to the film BoxTrolls. It is currently (7/15) available for streaming on Netflix.
Teaching about genocide is challenging, but it is essential in any international politics or modern history course, both to meet educational standards and to illustrate the potential harm that can grow out of unchecked hate speech and discriminatory policies. Given the seriousness of the topic, it can be hard to find a balance in presenting the material that doesn’t overwhelm students with example after example of mass killings. As the quotation says, “The death of one is a tragedy; the death of one million is a statistic.” I found that this lesson allowed us to learn about a specific, tragic example in a more “academic” context, evaluating non-fiction texts and to, hopefully, apply that academic learning to a non-traditional and fictional example of an attempted genocide. The BoxTrolls is not, perhaps, the typical movie for exploring issues of genocide, but it provides very clear parallels with the Ten Stages and I found that it was appreciated by the juniors and seniors in my Global Politics course.
The documents are provided in chronological order in a single Word doc. The PowerPoint discussions (optional but helpful with classes that aren't naturally talkative) are similarly organized.