Arn Chorn Pond Podcast: Building Vocabulary
On April 11, 2008, three Facing History and Ourselves students had a conversation with Cambodian Genocide survivor and peace advocate Arn Chorn Pond. Arn spoke passionately to the students about his personal history, the choices he has made to "Be the Change," and his thoughts about how each of us can play a role in preventing genocide.
Besides using the podcast as a classroom activity, this resource also makes for a great homework assignment or extra credit opportunity. After-school clubs will want to listen and discuss, too. In this section, we list some activities and tools depending on your needs.
Your students may struggle with the meaning of some words or phrases in the podcast. As a pre-activity to reading the transcript or listening to the podcast, your students can define the following list of words. This could be a given as a homework assignment for the night before you use the podcast in your class, or you can assign each student one word to define and present to the class.
Time Required: 10-20 minutes
Vocabulary building will improve meaning making and comprehension for students.
Make sure that as your students listen to the podcast, they have their list of definitions close by. And after students are familiar with the podcast content, they can go back and make connections from Arn's message to the words they defined.
# "The burden of a traumatic personal history"
# Killing Fields/Cambodian Killing Fields
# Crips and Bloods
# Pol Pot
# Armenian genocide
# Rwanda (Rwandan Genocide)
computers with internet access digital audio listening device, such as computer with speakers or mp3 players
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