Human Rights Project Resources

May 3, 2010

Download: Eight Stages of Genocide
A Brief Overview of the 8 Stages of Genocide

Download: Case Study First Modern Genocide 20th Century 4th Ed- Overheads – Section 4
Provides an overview of the Genocides of the 20th Century and explanation of the

Useful Links:
The website is an international website, founded in 2001 in LA and is largely staffed and financed by Scientologists, its stated mission is “To teach youth around the globe about human rights, thus helping them to become valuable advocates for the promotion of tolerance and peace.”
Has 2.8 million members and supporters in more than 150 countries and region, and started in 1961
The international website, it has information about how the declaration was started in 1945.
An international organization that stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice, investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.
The United Nations Office of High Commission website
The UN’s website for human rights
The US State Department’s website on human rights
The Human Rights Campaign website has information ranging from aging to people of color to immigration. Founded in 1980, HRC has led the way in promoting fairness for LGBT Americans

Historiography Project Guidelines – Spring 2010

March 17, 2010

Due: Friday, April 23rd
Download: Historiography Project – Guidelines Spring 2010

** Be sure to note the due dates for drafts.

Assignment #2: Historiography Project (100 points)
The requirements and due dates for the each component of the research project are as follows:

1. CHOOSE A TOPIC (5 points) Draft Due: Monday, 3/22/10
Research an interesting resistance movement that occurred in a country other than the United States. Write a 2-paragraph summary of the movement. You can focus on an event, figure, or organization in the movement.

2. SOURCES (5 points) Draft Due: Monday, 3/22/10
Find at least 3 sources that provide background information on the resistance movement and the social, political, and economic conditions that facilitated it.
a) All web sources must be approved by teacher before you include it in your final paper.
b) Bring all sources to class on Mondays.

3. WORKPLAN (10 points) Draft Due: Monday, 4/5/10
Create a WORKPLAN in which you describe the steps you will take to complete the assignment and a calendar for when you will complete each task.

4. VISUAL – POSTER or BOOK COVER (20 points) Draft Due: Monday, 4/5/10
Create a Poster to advertise your Play or a Book Cover for your Short Story/Comic Book.
*Visual must be done on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. You may use Photoshop.
*This means, you should have an outline or draft of your story before you begin this.

5. WORKS CITED (10 points) Draft Due: Monday, 4/12/10
Compile a Works Cited list of all the sources that you used in your research and/or quoted in your paper. You must use MLA format to cite your sources.

6. Essay (20 points) Draft Due: Monday, 4/12/10
Write an overview of the resistance movement you researched. You must address the following: What social, political, and economic conditions caused the movement? What impact did it have on individuals and society?
a) Paper must be:
i. 250-500 words (1-2 pages)
ii. Typed, Doubled Spaced, 12-point “Times New Roman” Font. No exceptions!

7. Historical Narrative (30 points) Draft Due: Monday, 4/19/10
Write a Short Story, Play or Comic Book about the resistance movement you researched.
a) You must also include a description of the characters.
b) Page Requirements: Short Story = minimum 3 pages; Play = minimum 3 acts + alternate ending.
c) If you want to do a comic book or manga, it must be at least 30 frames.

Featuring Student Work: Japanese Embassy Project

March 12, 2010

Background: The Tokugawa government organized the first Embassy (a group of officials/ambassadors who represent a country) to the United States in 1860. Everywhere they went, newspapers carried numerous articles about the peculiar Japanese envoys.

Historical Newspaper Project: The 1st Japanese Embassy to the U.S. met with great excitement and fanfare, however, like all of history, there were multiple sides to this story. In groups of 3-4, students created a “historical” newspaper. Each individual then published a digital version on

Click HERE to check out student work.