The Armenian Genocide Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the specifics of the Armenian genocide. Students will read about the history and causes of the event, then discuss the term 'genocide' in depth.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history leading to the Armenian genocide
  • list the causes of the Armenian genocide
  • discuss and debate the term 'genocide'
  • compare survivor testimonies from the Armenian genocide


  • 1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson The 1915 Armenian Genocide: History & Causes, one for each student
  • Copies of survivor stories from the Armenian Genocide, found with a search of 'Survivor Story from the Armenian Genocide'
  • Image from the Armenian genocide

Key Vocabulary

  • 1915 Armenian genocide
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Young Turks
  • Special organization

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.6

Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

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