Modern World History
PORTFOLIO PROJECT – THE LESSONS OF RWANDAN GENOCIDE
BACKGROUND: In the coming days we will be viewing the movie Hotel Rwanda. This film focuses on the years of the genocide in Rwanda-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 Hotel Rwanda is no less a “African story” it is a human story. Moreover, its subject matter applies to every generation. Hotel Rwanda is 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 film 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 film 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 on the film. It should deal with the following:
• Record what you remember about the film 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 the film? What questions did the film raise in your mind, but did not answer? How does the film 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 the film and or the Holocaust 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 the Genocide and or Hotel Rwanda
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 movie. 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 the viewing of the film. It is important that you work on this assignment while we are watching the film in class.
DUE DATE: __________