A Teaching for Change Project
Most teaching resources workshops about Islam and Muslims focus on increasing knowledge of religious texts, beliefs, and rituals rather than addressing the root causes of Islamophobia. This project places Islamophobia firmly within a U.S. context and shared cultural history.
This excellent set of lessons invites learners to think differently by investigating Islamophobia as a form of racism born from empire. The lesson, What Is Islamophobia? Interpersonal vs Structural Discrimination,” is specifically helpful as a bridge to exploring interpersonal vs structural white and male supremacy.
An Educational Project of Jewish Voice for Peace
This 7-part curriculum is aimed at Jewish adults, but contains valuable resources and materials. The lesson plans are a gradual, process-heavy approach to facing the realities of Palestinian life before, during, and after 1948 that might be helpful in classrooms or organizations with many students/participants raised with Zionist beliefs.
The PALESTINE TEACHING TRUNK is an online resource and an actual trunk available to teachers in the Seattle, Washington, area. It includes secondary teaching units of various lengths, study guides and other resources. One useful activity is the Occupation Game, which is described in Part V of Literature About Palestinians Under Occupation.
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Lots of important context and valuable information and resources for high school students and adults. The section Not That Complicated includes the best resources for K-12 classrooms. The video “Palestine 101: Not That Complicated” is accurate, but a little dry and fact-heavy for high school students.
Some of the most relevant resources are curated in the red tabs above the video. Note the AFSC site Gaza Unlocked under Gaza; Grassroots Jerusalem under Jerusalem, and “Introduction to the Practicalities of the Right of Return” and other multimedia resources from the BADIL Resource Center under Right of Return.
Resources for Teaching Palestine
PALESTINIAN ACADEMIC SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (PASSIA) is a Jerusalem-based Palestinian organization that produces maps, booklets, and research reports on Palestine that can be downloaded from their website. They are an important resource for up-to-date facts and maps.
PALESTINE POSTER PROJECT ARCHIVES is a major digital archive of posters by and about Palestine, including historical maps and posters. Most are from the 20thand 21stcenturies, but the earliest map dates back to 1500. The site also includes Our Roots Are Still Alive: The History of the Palestinian People, a 1977 publication by People’s Press in San Francisco, CA.
PALESTINE REMIX (Aljazeera Media Network 2015) provides remix technology, instructions, a helpful search function and access to dozens of documentaries and other footage about Palestine so students can research and create their own videos.
VISUALIZING PALESTINE features dozens of interactive posters that creatively use statistics and other data to illustrate aspects of Palestinian life under Israeli rule. Particularly relevant for interdisciplinary approaches that include math. The Palestinian Journeys section of the site houses an interactive timeline of Palestinian history and a wealth of stories about Palestinian culture, history and current reality.
Rethinking Schools is not explicitly about Palestine, but the magazine, website, and books provide models of k-12 social justice teaching, in terms of both content and pedagogy. The teaching articles, all written by the teachers themselves, include hundreds of examples of how to use role plays, dialogue journals, project-based learning, and other student-centered approaches to teaching critical thinking about students’ lives, communities, and the world.