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BHS_ENGLISH 10A Research_Presentation: Project Information

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Project Instructions

Holocaust Research Paper and Presentation Project


Step 1: Select a topic

I will pass around a sheet of paper that contains 42 topics related to the Holocaust. It is your job to sign up for one. This is the topic you will be working with for the remainder of this project.


Step 2: Research

Once you’ve selected your topic, you will be required to find 4-5 reliable and credible sources discussing your topic to use for your paper and presentation. We will be going over how to find effective research when we are in the library.


Step 3: Create your presentation visual

After you have developed a firm understanding of your topic, you will begin creating your visual. You should work to create a slideshow presentation, preferably through Google Docs. Budget your time appropriately. There will be limited lab time in class, so if you don’t have reliable access to a computer outside of class, you may want to discuss with me presentation alternatives. Your presentation should include the following:


            Slide 1: Title slide with name, topic, hour, and graphic

            Slide 2: Topic description and definition

            Slides 3-4: 8-10 bullets describing and explaining your topic

            Slide 5: A short explanation of how your topic relates to Night

            Slide 6: Works Cited


Note: You will need to include at least three pictures in your presentation.


Step 4: Write a paper

You will be writing a four-paragraph paper based on your topic. Your paper will contain much of the same information as your presentation, but it will be more organized and formal. Your paper will be formatted as follows:


Paragraph 1: Introduction – In 3-5 sentences, introduce your topic and touch on what points your paper will address.

Paragraph 2: Topic explanation – In 5-8 sentences, discuss what you’ve learned about your topic. Provide background information, use and cite evidence correctly, and write for an audience that is not at all familiar with your topic.

Paragraph 3: Discussion of how your topic relates to Night – In 5-8 sentences, discuss how your topic relates to Night. Make your claim, support your claim with properly cited evidence, and explain how it is similar to Night.

Paragraph 4: Conclusion – In 3-5 sentences, close your topic and bring your discussion to a close.


Step 5: Presentation

After you’ve written your paper and created your presentation visual, you will deliver a 3-5 minute presentation on your topic. During this time, you will discuss what you learned about your topic and how your topic relates to Night. You will deliver this presentation with the aid of your presentation visual and any notecards you would like to use. This must be planned out and rehearsed.


Grading Rubric


Research Guide for Contemporary Genocides

Research Guide for Contemporary Genocides: Introduction to Contemporary Genocides

The Holocaust was not the first or last genocide. Since 1900, about 170 million people worldwide have been killed. Many others have been raped, tortured, starved and otherwise oppressed in an attempt to eradicate religious or ethnic groups. In this research project, your group will research genocides and present your findings to the class.

Instances of Genocide:

·         German Southwest Africa 1904-1908: Genocide of the Hereros

·         *Ottoman Turkey 1915-1923: Ittihad Genocide of the Armenians

            and Assyrians

·         *USSR 1932-1934: Soviet Genocide/Famine in the Ukraine (Holodomor)

·         East Pakistan 1971: Genocide in East Bengal

·         Burundi 1972: Genocide of Hutus                                                                                                        

·         Laos 1975-77: Hmong Genocide                                                                                                                     

·         *Cambodia 1975-1979: Khmer Rouge “Killing Fields” Genocide                                                          

·         *Guatemala 1981-83: Genocide in Mayan Highlands and Civil War                                                         

·         Iraq 1987-88: Anfal Campaign in Kurdistan

·         Liberia 1989-96: First Liberian Civil War

·         *Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1995: Serb “Etnicko Ciscenje” of

            Bosnian Muslims

·         *Rwanda 1994: Akazu “Hutu Power” Genocide of Tutsis

·         *Democratic Republic of the Congo Genocide

·         *Darfur 2005: Genocide of Fur, Zaghawa, and Masaalit ethnic groups

 *The starred items may be easier to search, or there may be more information out there on them.

Genocide Research Project

After doing some research into the different genocides, you will pick one you want to focus on and research. You are to create an informational presentation on a modern genocide that has occurred in the world. We will do some research in class using the library, databases, and other resources, but you may need to do more on your own either at another library or here after school. You will be graded individually on everything you do for your project, but you will need to coordinate and work with your partner to decide on what you will present to the class and how you will present it. Your final product should:

  1. Contain a power point, Prezi, posters, or other visual way of presenting information to the class.
  1. Provide an explanation of the historical context of the genocide. For example, what actions, decisions, and events lead up to this genocide?
  1. Give the details of what occurred, who was involved, when it happened, etc.
  1. Explain what role language, religion, race, or any other major cultural factors had to play in this genocide.
  1. Briefly discuss local or world response to this incident. Or if there was none, why did that occur as well?
  1. Use and properly cite at least three documented resources for your research.

        7.  Contain a typed summary of all of this information to turn in.