Lesson: The Refugee Question

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Lesson Objective

Students identify arguments and evidence regarding refugees within the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Lesson Plan

Lesson Name: Israel-Palestine- Refugees            Course: High School Language Arts by Anke al-Bataineh

Objective:   Students identify arguments and evidence regarding refugees within the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Materials:

Attached articles

Chapters 12 of "The Case for Israel" http://www.amazon.com/Case-Israel-Alan-Dershowitz/dp/047146502X

Index cards

Highlighters

           
Anticipatory Set:         (10 min)
How has the conflict displaced people?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVCY-CKTW50

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5_LddyVys

 

Topic and Position Frames:        

AC: Israel has not created refugees- most people left voluntarily or out of anti-Semitism.

AC: Israel is a home for Jewish refugees from all over the world, who are still threatened today.

AR: Arab governments have run out Jewish natives and promote anti-Semitism, increasing the need for an Israeli state.

X: Although many Jews have been displaced from around the world, the cycle was repeated with Palestinian refugees.

X: Palestinians are denied human rights without a state, but Israel allows Arabs to live in many areas.

NC: Palestinians have been scattered around the world, suffering for decades, waiting to be reinstated to their land.

NC: Israel is exploiting land stolen from people run out by settler violence.

NR: Palestinians are suffering in every land they find, often without passports, whereas Israelis have Western support and legitimacy.


Vocabulary:

Refugee

Displaced

Diaspora

Citizenship


Lesson Reflection:

What went well?

What would you change?

What needs explanation?

Students see parallels between Jewish and Palestinian diasporas immediately.

This is a lot of information- it would be good to pare it down.

This can be connected to ongoing issues with settlement construction and peace negotiations.



 

Lesson Resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVCY-CKTW50
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5_LddyVys
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