Yesterday we built a definition of genocide as a group. Today we expanded that definition by evaluating the Rwandan genocide and the 8-Stages of genocide. It was a difficult conversation, but also gave us the historical context we need for Hotel Rwanda.
Your Africa unit test is scheduled for next Friday. There will be a review session before and after school on Wednesday the 27th. Here's a study guide!
Your homework over the weekend is to finish reading the 8-Stages of Genocide handout from today before re-writing each stage (1-2 sentences) in your own words.
Today we talked more about the Congo! We discussed the methods that Leopold used to "justify" his actions, the immediate and long-term impact of these actions on the Congolese people, and how journalists worked to disprove Leopold's claims and ultimately shed light on the wrongs of the Congo Free State.
You have no homework today!
Today we ran a chaotic simulation around the Berlin Conference. It was a disaster, but it the best way possible.
You have no homework this weekend!
Today we talked about the means that Europeans used to "justify" their colonization of Africa.
Your homework is to read "The White Man's Burden" and answer the following questions:
1. How does Kipling describe people who aren’t “white”? What does he achieve by this description?
2. According to Kipling, what is the White Man’s Burden? What do Europeans have to do?
3. What does Kipling claim to be the reward of the White Man’s Burden? (5th stanza)
4. What do you think is the purpose of this poem?
5. What parts of this poem prove that “The White Man’s Burden” is really about imperialism?
Today we were fortunate to experience the glorious return of Jared Diamon and the final chapter of Guns, Germs, and Steel. We built on our argument from yesterday by witnessing the methods employed by Europeans to expand their hold on the African Continent.
To do so, we completed this viewing guide!
On Friday we were enlightened by Dr. Skip Gates and his travels through West Africa. We watched the video linked below in order to complete this viewing guide.
Today we spent the period evaluating the changes that Europeans brought to Africa, which eventually led to imperialism. We completed this lecture guide to do so.
Your homework tonight is to do the following based on discussion today:
On the back of your graphic organizer:
1. Write a thesis for the following prompt:
What enabled the European colonization of Africa?
2. Write 3 BTSs for the prompt
Today we spent a productive work period on the African Slave Trade assignment, which is now due on Monday!