Modern World History
PORTFOLIO PROJECT – THE LESSONS OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
BACKGROUND: In the coming days we will be learning more about genocide. We will be focusing on the years of the genocide in Armenia -a time when millions of men, women and children were murdered solely because of their ancestry and color of their skin. It is one of the darkest chapters in human history. Yet an appalling number of people, young and old, know little or nothing about it. Even today the world has not yet learned the lesson of those terrible years. There are far too many places where hate, intolerance, and genocide still exist. Thus Armenian Genocide is no less a “European story” it is a human story. Moreover, its subject matter applies to every generation. This Genocide simply about racial hatred-which is the state of mind that attacks not what makes us people but what makes us different from each other.
TASK: You will create a portfolio that reflects your feelings about the event and how it relates to our world today.
REQUIREMENTS: To complete your portfolio, you will:
1. Create a title page that includes an original title, an illustration and a quotation from the event that exemplifies the message and or meaning.
2. Create a table of Contents
3. Write an introduction that explains your title, illustration and chosen quote.
4. You will complete 4 one-paragraph journals what you learned each day. It should deal with the following:
• Record what you remember about events that day. What images or scenes stand out? Which characters stand out in your mind? What qualities make those characters memorable?
• On the last day: What did you learn from this? What questions do you have, that you did not find a “clear” answer about? How does this relate to the world today?
5. Find an example of modern day genocide in the news. Make a copy of the article you find (and include it in the project), summarize it, and explain how it relates to this Genocide and or the a different genocide in no less than 100 words.
INTERNET TASK: Choose ONE of the following:
1. Find an account of a survivor. Print a copy of that person’s account (to submit to teacher along with project) and write a reflection. What occurred? What questions would you want to ask this person if you had the chance to meet them? What new information have you learned as result of hearing their story?
2. Find three photographs that relate to this subject. Write a minimum of four sentences for each picture. Explain its meaning and how it relates to this Genocide.
LITERATURE TASK: Choose ONE of the following:
1. Find a poem, short story or song that best reflects what you learned from this experience. Make a copy of what you have chosen. Explain in 150 words, why you chose it, and how it relates to what you have learned.
2. Write a poem or song that reflects your understanding of this period in history. This can either be a descriptive poem detailing a specific event in the movie, or it may be a reflective poem that tries to capture the mood or feeling of the event/time period. You must have a minimum of 10 lines and you must include an explanation of your piece. In other words, tell me what connection you attempt to make by writing your piece.
GRADING: This assignment will count towards your Paper/Project grade for this course. See the accompanying rubric for specific grading guidelines.
TIMELINE: This assignment will be due shortly after we complete some genocide case studies in class. It is important that you work on this assignment while we are learning in class.
DUE DATE: __________
Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding
• Use Vocabulary in context
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content and concepts, using descriptions, explanations and examples
Achievement Level Vocabulary Content Knowledge Describes/ explains Score
0 None None None
1-2 Some vocabulary Basic knowledge Basic – w/ limited Description
3-4 Some Vocabulary Satisfactory knowledge of content Simple descriptions w/ Simple explanation and/or examples
5-6 Considerable relevant vocabulary, often accurate Substantial knowledge and understanding of content and concepts Substantial descriptions w/ Substantial explanation and evidence
7-8 Consistently uses relevant vocabulary accurately Excellent knowledge and understanding of content and concepts Detailed descriptions, explanations and examples
Criteria C Communication
• Communicates information and ideas with clarity
• Organize information and ideas effectively for the task
• List sources of information in a way that follows the task instruction
Achievement Level Communicated with clarity Organizes information and ideas effectively for the task List sources of information in a way that follows the task SCORE
1-2 Communicated information and in style that is NOT ALWAYS Clear Organizes information and ideas in a LIMITED WAY INCONSISTENTLY Lists Sources, NOT following the task instructions
3-4 Communicated information and in style that is Somewhat Clear SOMEWHAT Organizes information and ideas Lists Sources in a way that SOMETIMES follows the task instructions
5-6 Communicated information and in style that is MOSTLY Clear MOSTLY Organizes information and ideas Lists Sources in a way that OFTEN follows the task instructions
7-8 Communicated information and in style that is COMPLETELY Clear COMPLETELY Organizes information and ideas EFFECTIVELY Lists Sources in a way that ALWAYS follows the task instructions
TOTAL SCORE: ___________________