The Barometer teaching strategy helps students share their opinions by asking them to line up along a continuum based on their position on an issue. It is especially useful when you want to discuss an issue about which students have a wide range of opinions. Because a Barometer activity gets many arguments out on the table, it can be an effective pre-writing exercise before an essay assignment.
Ask students to express an opinion about ideas before they encounter them, and help prepare students to recognize and connect to themes as they surface with this teaching strategy. Use this strategy at the beginning of a unit of study or before engaging a text.
Students learn about the challenges Lemkin faced from the international legal community, including its lack of sufficient language to talk about crimes against humanity and civilization.