Course: 6th Grade Jewish Studies

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Course Description

This course is a comprehensive year of study for sixth graders. The unit was created as a collaborative effort between Shara Peters (Cohort 9 HUC), Jody Passanisi (Cohort 4 HUC) and Aaron Brock. Units include: Book of Ruth, Beshallach, Yitro,

Units and Lessons

Book of Life - Shara Peters (Cohort 9 HUC), Jody Passanisi (Cohort 4 HUC) and Aaron Brock Resources: 14

This is the first unit in a 6th grade Jewish studies course created by the authors mentioned above. Unit 1- Book of Life (September, 3 weeks) What does it mean to get yourself written into the book of life? Assessment: Make your own guide to how you plan to get your name written in the book of life for this year. What will it look like? What do you want to accomplish for yourselves this year? Thinking about last year What do they want to change about themselves for this year? Liturgy from the holiday (who by fire) Rabbinic works

Bechallach - Shara Peters (Cohort 9 HUC), Jody Passanisi (Cohort 4 HUC) and Aaron Brock Resources: 17

This is part of the 6th grade Jewish studies course. Unit 2- Beshallach (October + ½ of November) First: Navigating the Tanach Finding kushiot, more of a skills-based assessment

Yitro - Shara Peters (Cohort 9 HUC), Jody Passanisi (Cohort 4 HUC) and Aaron Brock Resources: 4

This is the fourth unit in a Jewish Studies course created by the authors listed. Unit 4- Yitro (January) 10 Commandments- Rules and their purpose Jigsaw the commandments, looking at the possible ramifications. Text based. Talmudic voicethread as a summation.

Tefillah - Shara Peters (Cohort 9 HUC), Jody Passanisi (Cohort 4 HUC) and Aaron Brock Resources: 72

Unit objectives: Examine and the meanings of prayers with a more sophisticated lens Evaluate their own relationship with prayer and determine steps to take to gain a deeper personal connection. Identify the larger themes of the High Holy Day liturgy and personalize these themes.

Ki Tisa Resources: 3

Haskalah Resources: 13

Unit 6- Haskalah What happened externally to cause the Jews to question their current practices? How did Jews respond to external influences? How are our current Jewish choices reflective of the Haskalah? What examples of adaptation can we see in our own communities today? Establish what they know: What comes to mind when you think about Judaism at Heschel? Inductive learning lesson. Broadening their knowledge: Using all the resources at your disposal, find out: what is the Judaic personality of Heschel? Share expertise: Jigsaw to explain their findings to their peers. What don’t we know? What do you still want to know? What surprised you? What is mysterious to you? Ask Questions: If we all are the same religion, how is it that there are so many differences in our practices?

Book of Ruth Resources: 7

Chanukah Resources: 7

Course Resources

UBD Year Overview 6th JS.docx  

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