The Bounty Teacher's Guide
Raphael Lemkin and the Crime That Needs a Name
The Compelling Question to Support Inquiry
What is the significance of genocide denial, as featured in the Ten Stages of Genocide?
This lesson is designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12 but can be adapted for upper-elementary levels. The full lesson is recommended to take 3-4 class sessions to complete, though it can be shortened
This lesson introduces readers to the life of Raphael Lemkin and the impact of the massacre of Armenians on Lemkin’s thinking and his journey to coin the word genocide. It also traces his tireless effort to make genocide an international crime at the newly founded United Nations. The lesson examines the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, especially Article II; resistance to the convention’s ratification in the U.S. Senate; how settler colonialism can lead to genocide, and the impact of genocide on Indigenous peoples. Teachers will learn about an analytical framework that helps students discern different stages of genocide and find activities to deepen students’ comprehension of the challenge of proving intent when prosecuting genocide.
Desired Outcomes for Lesson One
In this lesson, students will learn about Raphael Lemkin, origins of the word genocide, the passage of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and the connection between genocide and settler colonialism. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to do the following:
C3 Standards for College, Career and Civic Resources
The C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards is a powerful guide to help each state strengthen instruction in the social studies by establishing fewer, clearer, and higher standards for instruction in civics, economics, geography, and history, kindergarten through high school.