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Lesson H-UIII-L1: An Act of Terror: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Archduchess Sophie

Unit III: Historical Context of Terrorism
Grade Levels: 9-12
Time: 45-60 minutes
Synopsis:

Based on a reading about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Archduchess Sophie and information about the political situation in Europe at that time, students analyze and evaluate the Black Hand to determine if it was a terrorist group using accepted definitions of terrorism. Students also explore the impact of this single act and the ethical, moral, and legal questions of justifying assassination. (Grades 9–12)