Annotating and Paraphrasing Sources

Teach students to carefully read material by having them underline key words, write margin notes, and summarize main ideas.

Evidence Logs

Use a graphic tool to help students centralize and organize evidence as they prepare to respond to a writing prompt.

Dissecting the Prompt

Teach students how to decode an essay prompt with this four-step procedure.

Strategies for Teaching The Nanjing Atrocities

The following strategies are useful when teaching the Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War content.

Teaching Mockingbird

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Use this resource to transform how you teach Harper Lee’s classic novel by integrating historical context, documents, and sources that reflect the African American voices absent from Mockingbird's narration.

Benjamin Ferencz: Watcher of the Sky

Benjamin Ferencz, a former prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials after World War II, has dedicated his life to using the law to prevent mass violence. This film and the accompanying activities ask students to reflect on what it means to be a "watcher of the sky" in these stories as well as in their own lives and communities.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo: The International Criminal Court

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), works to bring the rule of law to bear against perpetrators of mass violence today. This film and the accompanying activities explore the challenges that the ICC faces in applying the rule of law to ongoing atrocities. 

Raphael Lemkin: An Introduction

After the Armenian Genocide, Raphael Lemkin asked, "why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" This film and the accompanying activities explore Lemkin's effort to establish an international law to prevent mass violence against a group of people.


Watchers of the Sky: Films and Activities

Propeller Films, in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, created a series of videos from the feature length film Watchers of the Sky. The series of films follows Raphael Lemkin, Benjamin Ferencz, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and the historical events that inspired them to take action against genocide. Use this resource with your students to explore the ongoing struggle to apply the rule of law to punish and prevent crimes of mass violence.

Pedagogy Resources from Teaching Mockingbird Guide

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