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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Armenian Genocide

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below.
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. How does this video define genocide?
  2. What were millets?
  3. Why did the Ottoman rulers begin to view Armenians as a threat?
  4. Why did tension between Armenians and the state increase with the establishment of the new Young Turk government?
  5. How did the international community respond to the genocide?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. To what extent did World War I cause the Armenian Genocide? What evidence would you need to answer this question?
  2. Could any of the transformations you encountered in the previous era have led to these atrocities, even without the war?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user suehn
    Why haven't I learned about a lot of these genocides? Are people trying to erase history?
    (4 votes)
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