Innovative Lessons on Bosnia

Lesson Plans: High School and Community College

Examples from Bosnia for English Classes
By: Athena Kalia
Lesson Grade: 10 English
Students are introduced to the role humor can play in understanding an author's negative life experiences. Furthermore, students gain a global perspective on literature.
Bringing Bosnia Back
By: Suzanne Vogt
Lesson Grade: 10 World History
In this lesson students will explore primary and secondary sources on the historic Balkan region from pre-World War I to the present by studying the region culturally, geographically, and historically. Students will identify positive and negative connotations due to political disputes and wars and address how to place present-day Bosnia in historical context.
Whose Land Is It Anyway?
By: Linda Burrows
Lesson Grade: High School, World History, Geography, Global Studies
In this lesson, students will explore issues of national identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina that can be used as a case study of decolonization, nationalism, globalism, and neo-imperialism. 
Weaving Balkan Examples into the Tapestry of World History
By: Rachael Henry
Lesson Grade: High School, World History
A master high school teachers gives examples from Balkan history that can be woven into a World History survey course - along with useful maps and documents.
18th and 19th Century Homes in Sarajevo SAQ
By: Robin Pakka
Lesson Grade: High School, World History/AP World History
In this lesson, students will extend student learning about the 18th century consumer revolution in Europe by examining historic homes of a Muslim Bosniak and Orthodox Serb in late Ottoman Sarajevo.
What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee? The Bosnian Wars, 1992-1995
By: Seth Craig
Lesson Grade: High School
In this lesson students will explore how and why people become refugees and what happens after they leave their homes.
Perspectives on War and Survival- Bosnian Poetry
By: Brandon Cleworth
Lesson Grade: Community College
This curriculum unit is designed to expose students to poetry, specifically, the creation of poetry in the context of war, specifically, the Bosnian Wars of 1992-1996. This unit explores poetry not exclusively as an aesthetic event subject to the standard procedures of explication but as an existential one.
Genocide in Bosnia
By: John Liffiton
Lesson Grade: Community College
This lesson challenges students to write a persuasive essay on the Bosnian genocide by analyzing whether the Bosnian case truly fits the legal definition of genocide.  
Looking Beyond the Surface: History, Forgetting, and the Politics of National Reconciliation
By: Robert Soza
Lesson Grade: Community College
Students learn to articulate and understand the role of memorialization in the creation and maintenance of national memory in addition to understanding the role of historical amnesia and contested histories.
Social Justice Art
By: David Bradley
Lesson Grade: Community College
Students will engage with and learn about different examples of social justice art and develop a greater understanding for the conventions it follows to convey its message.
Social Psychology of Sniper Alley
By: William Farrar
Lesson Grade: Community College
Students analyze the psychological phenomenon of Sniper Alley in Sarajevo circa 1993, when military personnel executed orders to randomly kill civilians in the city.
Genocide and Mass Grave Exhumation
By: Lisa Marsio
Lesson Grade: Community College
This is a lab for a forensic anthropology class that asks students to look at the recent history of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the genocide at Srebrenica that occurred during the 1990s war there, and international efforts to exhume and identify the dead.
Old Bridges, New Perspectives
By: Joseph Swaba
Lesson Grade: Community College
This assignment is for a class  "The Art of Storytelling," but it could be used in any class that talks about oral traditions.