Curriculum

Curriculum

“Why Isn’t Palestine on Our Map?”
An Introduction to the Middle East for Third Graders

By Christina Lagerwerff

Third grade (can be adapted for upper elementary). Description and resources for integrating Palestine and other countries in the Middle East into “the nooks and crannies” of third-grade curriculum. Creative use of maps, geography, age-appropriate literature, and “Al-Kwarismi’s Magic Function Machine.”


Stolen Land: A Unit Comparing Palestine to the Americas

By Marcy Newman

High school (adaptable for middle school and/or English language learners). Description and resources for a unit that compares the impact of walls, borders, and forced migration on Indigenous peoples of North America and Palestine. Starting with class-generated questions, students develop vocabulary, study historical maps, and explore how the ongoing conflicts are expressed in poetry, hip hop and visual arts. Includes an example of street theater as a final project.


Teaching Palestine/Israel: A Multiple Narratives Approach

by Samia Shoman

High school. This unit, which exposes students to the idea that Palestinians and Israelis have different narratives about the same historical events, was developed by a Palestinian American teacher specifically for teaching about Palestine in situations where pushback from Zionist parents, administrators and/or organizations is likely. Despite years of attacks, Samia was able to continue promoting critical thinking about Israeli and Palestinian history and current realities. Based on critical analysis of primary documents, this multiple narratives approach unit, which covers history from the First Zionist Conference in 1897 through 2011, looks at history through four concepts: facts, perspectives, narratives, and your truth.


Borders and Walls: Stories that Connect Us to Palestine

by Jody Sokolower

Middle and high school English language learners and mainstream students. Description, lesson plans and materials for a unit designed to be integrated into US history, world history and ethnic studies classes. Begins with gallery walk of borders/walls around the world. Students compare texts and impact of Manifest Destiny rhetoric in US with Promised Land rhetoric in Israel through original sources, maps and poetry. Exploration of current realities through voices of Palestinian youth in the West Bank and English language learner researchers in the US. Includes options for final projects.

 

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