At the beginning of the presentation, you could give the class a short quiz. Ask them to take out a piece of paper, number it from one to five and then give them five multiple-choice questions about genocide. (Some ideas: How many countries are engaged in genocide today? In Darfur, how many civilians have been displaced from their homes?) Then reveal the correct answers in your presentation.
Besides the site you listed, here is another one that I encourage you to explore:
There are several resources here that you could download and use as handouts. Depending on the length of your presentation, you might even be able to show one of the short films available on the site.
If you have Internet access in your classroom, you might even build your entire presentation in Google Earth as outlined here: http://www.ushmm.org/maps/projects/darfur/
I think that would be pretty creative.
Finally, since your topic is sure to stir people's emotions, you will want to answer the question, "What can I do?" You have the opportunity to motivate your classmates to take action. You could draft a letter to the editor(s) of your local paper(s), and as part of the presentation, pass it around to your classmates and ask them to endorse it. The letter could start, "Students at XXXX High School stand against genocide, and our elected officials should too."
Here is the link to STAND - A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition: http://www.standnow.org/
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