Lesson: Early Wars

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Lesson Objective

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding the beginning of the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Lesson Plan

 

Lesson Name: Israel-Palestine- the Early Wars            Course: High School Language Arts by Anke al-Bataineh

Objective:   Students identify arguments and evidence regarding the beginning of the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Materials:

Chapter 1 of "Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Victims" http://books.google.com/books?id=Xi2QtAkrNlwC&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=zionism+from+the+standpoint+of+its+victims+edward+said&source=bl&ots=Jw-LZZPQPU&sig=mUtPHzRWCQzs0bZrOvTDaUrVl74&hl=en&ei=sPsGTfvBIc-jngfiiIyYDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=zionism%20from%20the%20standpoint%20of%20its%20victims%20edward%20said&f=false

Chapters 4-8 of "The Case for Israel" http://www.amazon.com/Case-Israel-Alan-Dershowitz/dp/047146502X

           
Anticipatory Set:         (10 min)
How did immigration escalate to war?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Du1uAnSwb0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h1nOlqDUgI&p=0145093DCF97C6ED


Topic and Position Frames:        

 

AC: Jews fought for freedom from anti-Semitic attacks.

AC: Jews had international authorization to establish a state.

AR: There was no organized state there before Israel; it was just a part of the British empire.

X: Both groups committed bad acts during fighting.

X: The laws were hard to understand and Jews won the war through good fighting.

NC: Jews went against international agreements to take over land.

NC: Jews ignored legal rights of Arabs when they established their state.

NR: Jews had been a minority in that land for a long time and could only have won the wars with European help.

 


Vocabulary:

Irgun/Stern Gang

Al-Nakba

Deir Yassin

Balfour Declaration


Lesson Reflection:

 

What went well?

What would you change?

What needs explanation?

Students are very moved by Deir Yassin, but also understand the ambiguity of laws.

It would be great to edit the pages down as much as possible without making it too easy. I work on this sort of continually.

Your students may have enough critical thinking skills to find the evidence without the arguments being provided. If you can, do it!

 



 

 

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