Twelve Ways to Deny a Genocide

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Twelve Ways to Deny a Genocide

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This unit called “Twelve Ways to Deny a Genocide” helps students understand how and why people and countries have argued that certain genocides never really happened. The unit fits well with focused conversations about particular genocides as well as very general conversations about careful reading, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.

The first lesson, called “Understanding Genocide Denial,” teaches students about denial by looking at various twentieth- and twenty-first-century examples. The second lesson, called “Research Project,” asks students to research a particular genocide and to identity the strategies that have been used to deny it.