Teaching “Israel at 60” 60 Year at the Center  of the Jewish World
Teaching “Israel at 60” Part 1 - 60 Years of History Part 2 – 60 Years at the Center of the Jewish World Part 3 – 60 Years...
Israel vs the World <ul><li>Aim:  For students to appreciate Israel’s relative size as related to the amount of importance...
Where would you go? <ul><li>Aim:  For students to appreciate that Israel is there for them, and all Jews, as a homeland or...
Ata Medaber Ivrit? <ul><li>Aim: For students to appreciate that Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people; to gain some ...
Israel United! <ul><li>Aim:  For students to recognize the different types that make up the ‘melting pot’ of Israel and to...
In the News… <ul><li>Aim:  For students to examine the role the media plays in reporting Israel to the world and how this ...
Supporting Israel! <ul><li>Aim:  For students to think how they can best support Israel and to come up with practical sugg...
Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel… <ul><li>Aim:  To get students to think about their own connection to Israel </...
(Media) Misconceptions <ul><li>Aim:  For students to differentiate between misconceptions and the truth, regarding media r...
In the Arab News… <ul><li>Aim: For students to think about incitement and the Arab media and reflect that peace needs to b...
If Israel was a Fruit… <ul><li>Aim:  To appreciate and relate to the traits of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>As an art project,...
Hopes & Dreams <ul><li>Aim:  For students to think about what Israel represents and ponder hopes for the future. </li></ul...
Who Needs Israel? <ul><li>Aim:  To have students appreciate what we have in the State of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Jerry ...
Just Like Us! <ul><li>Aim:  To look at comparisons between the Israeli way of life and that of your students – also to see...
60 Years Links Israel portal:  http://aboutisrael.co.il/eng/index.php   Israel at 50:  http://www.jafi.org.il/education/50...
 
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This series by Michael Dickson provides innovative and fun school programming ideas for teaching about Israel. This second session focuses on the centrality of Israel to the Jewish people. Audio archive of the session is available at http://www.lookstein.org/archives/

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Teaching Israel at 60: At the Center

  1. 2. Teaching “Israel at 60” 60 Year at the Center of the Jewish World
  2. 3. Teaching “Israel at 60” Part 1 - 60 Years of History Part 2 – 60 Years at the Center of the Jewish World Part 3 – 60 Years on the Frontline
  3. 4. Israel vs the World <ul><li>Aim: For students to appreciate Israel’s relative size as related to the amount of importance it has in world affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Make templates of the outline of the map of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Give students a State, country or area </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them to draw and cut out the geographic area and then they need to stick Israel inside </li></ul><ul><li>They should find and write up </li></ul><ul><li>comparative facts and figures & display </li></ul><ul><li>- http://www.akhlah.com/israel/size_israel.php </li></ul>
  4. 5. Where would you go? <ul><li>Aim: For students to appreciate that Israel is there for them, and all Jews, as a homeland or sanctuary. </li></ul><ul><li>Put students in groups; give them each a scenario </li></ul><ul><li>Each is a Jewish family in tough times for Jews </li></ul><ul><li>Each acts out the ‘before’ (in host country) and ‘after’ (in Israel) </li></ul><ul><li>With older students, you can discuss the problems / benefits of ‘klita’/integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly show the film ‘Salah Shabbati’ to older students </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the idea of Israel as an ‘insurance policy’ </li></ul>
  5. 6. Ata Medaber Ivrit? <ul><li>Aim: For students to appreciate that Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people; to gain some basic vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Bingo – picture boards and words </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Call my Bluff’ – Describe a word with 3 possible meanings, students need to guess which is correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew Scenes – Split up into groups and have the class act out certain scenes but they must use certain Hebrew words instead of the English </li></ul><ul><li>Slang Book – Have class create guidebook to Israeli slang – see www.urbandictionary.com </li></ul>
  6. 7. Israel United! <ul><li>Aim: For students to recognize the different types that make up the ‘melting pot’ of Israel and to appreciate the value of unity. </li></ul><ul><li>Sim City: Class needs is given a virtual Israeli family, they need to create the characters but they will all be of one ‘background’ </li></ul><ul><li>Once they have created / drawn their characters, you will play Sim City. They are given 10,000 Shekels and need to create their part of a city. They can bid to buy items, build a home, send their children to school, etc. Events will take place that will affect them all, e.g.: celebrate festivals, terrorist attack. Set aims which cause them to need to work together with other ‘families’. </li></ul>
  7. 8. In the News… <ul><li>Aim: For students to examine the role the media plays in reporting Israel to the world and how this shapes our perception. </li></ul><ul><li>Give out different newspapers and ask class to examine the coverage of Israel vs. another story. </li></ul><ul><li>They should dissect the stories with diagrams, highlighting words and comparing size, language, perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>They then present to the class whether they think this is fair reporting. </li></ul><ul><li>Class discussion on if reporting on Israel is fair and if not, why not? </li></ul>
  8. 9. Supporting Israel! <ul><li>Aim: For students to think how they can best support Israel and to come up with practical suggestions. </li></ul><ul><li>Show clips on YouTube/video of world tragedies, then show a clip of a terrorist attack or war in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Do they make more or less impact on the students? </li></ul><ul><li>Have students chart their connection to Israel and create a point scale. Travelled to Israel / own something Israeli / have a holiday home there / have relatives / interested in Israel on the news… </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to come up with an action plan to support Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Create a class tzedaka project / penpals or twin schools </li></ul>
  9. 10. Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel… <ul><li>Aim: To get students to think about their own connection to Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Students create an Israel Museum. Give them a variety of topics and allow their display to be pictures, text, multimedia or performance. </li></ul><ul><li>They should be able to pick an area of interest, business, society, history, wars, food, language, music, art, sport, cars, beaches etc. </li></ul><ul><li>They design an exhibit, with the focus on what makes Israel special to them via the topic they have chosen. </li></ul>
  10. 11. (Media) Misconceptions <ul><li>Aim: For students to differentiate between misconceptions and the truth, regarding media reporting of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the classroom into two sections, one true and one false. </li></ul><ul><li>Read statements about Israel and students need to move the area based on if they think it is true or false. </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful resources: www.honestreporting.com , www.camera.org , www.bicom.org.uk </li></ul>
  11. 12. In the Arab News… <ul><li>Aim: For students to think about incitement and the Arab media and reflect that peace needs to be educated. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze reporting of Israel by the Arab media. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on terms, themes and discuss propoganda vs honest reporting. </li></ul><ul><li>Use www.memri.org or http://www.pmw.org.il/ </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at ourselves too? Is our education / media balanced toward’s Israel’s enemies; are we ‘rodef shalom’? </li></ul>
  12. 13. If Israel was a Fruit… <ul><li>Aim: To appreciate and relate to the traits of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>As an art project, ask the class to represent what Israel would be as a fruit. They can compare to other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, split the class into groups and give them different types of items to describe Israel as – cars, weather, shops. </li></ul><ul><li>Present & Discuss – Is the comparison fair?Are the stereotypes true? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss – is the ‘Sabra’ depiction true? </li></ul>
  13. 14. Hopes & Dreams <ul><li>Aim: For students to think about what Israel represents and ponder hopes for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>- Build an Israeli monument or design a picture ‘built out of hope’ – a poem, words, other pictures/symbols. </li></ul><ul><li>How are our hopes and aspirations different/similar to Israelis? </li></ul><ul><li>What role did hope have in the realization of the state? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Who Needs Israel? <ul><li>Aim: To have students appreciate what we have in the State of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Jerry Springer’ debate between different sects and peoples entitled ‘ Who needs Israel’. </li></ul><ul><li>Set class up like studio. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher should be ‘Jerry’ and manage proceedings. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can be characters and audience. Provide prompt cards with character information. Bring in ‘guests’ one by one. Manage the debate well. For historical perspective, you could set the show at the in the lead up to independence. You could also mention the Palestine v. Uganda debate. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Just Like Us! <ul><li>Aim: To look at comparisons between the Israeli way of life and that of your students – also to see what is different and why </li></ul><ul><li>Show ‘Rechov Sumsum’ – Israel’s ‘Sesame Street’. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at literature (e.g. authors like Efraim Kishon) and representations of home country in literature and compare. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ You say tomato’: Compare and contrast: currencies, language, culture, population, calendar, road names. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your class Israeli: ask students to write a one-day diary entry for Israeli students – what is their life like? </li></ul>
  16. 17. 60 Years Links Israel portal: http://aboutisrael.co.il/eng/index.php Israel at 50: http://www.jafi.org.il/education/50/act/index.html Israel at 60: http://www.60israel.org/JewishAgency/English/Jewish+Education/Focus+Areas/60Israel Israeli society (Hebrew): h ttp://www.tzavpius.org.il/index.asp UJC Resources: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=162303 YouTube videos and more: www.jr.co.il Israel for Kids: http://www.israelemb.org/kids/ Israel Teaching Ideas: http://www.lookstein.org/israel_resources.htm

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