Darfur Genocide Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about genocide in Darfur. Students will answer questions about the conflict, describe the crisis in Sudan using content-specific language, and research personal testimonies of survivors.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on genocide in Darfur, students will be able to do the following:

  • ask and answer questions about the conflict in Darfur
  • use domain-specific language related to the crisis in Sudan


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • coup d'etat
  • displace
  • genocide
  • humanitarian
  • human rights
  • International Criminal Court
  • Janjaweed
  • Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)
  • National Islamic Front
  • nomad
  • pillage
  • rebel
  • refugee
  • regime
  • Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)


  • Copies of the printable worksheet
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Paper and butcher paper
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Internet resources

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before watching the lesson.
  • Watch The Darfur Genocide in Sudan - History, Facts & Causes as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • Where is Darfur?
    • Describe the people of Darfur.
    • What changes in government occurred in the 1980s in Sudan?
    • Why did the people of Darfur form rebel groups?
    • Who are the Janjaweed and what did they do in the early 2000s?
    • How did the Janjaweed respond to the formation of refugee camps?
    • How did the United Nations respond?
    • How did the International Criminal Court respond in 2009?
    • Approximately how many people have been affected by the conflict in Darfur?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Timeline and Definitions

Materials: copies of lesson, Internet resources, paper, pens, butcher paper, markers

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