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ERIC Number: ED437300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Culture and Conflict in the Middle East: Whose Jerusalem? A High School Curriculum. Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad, 1998 (Israel and Jordan).
Bloom, Janice
This high school curriculum project/unit of study focuses on providing a framework of ideas for teachers interested in teaching about both the historical and current cultures and conflicts of the Middle East. While the unit is set up to include a more traditional section where both the religious and historical background of Judaism and Islam are studied, the major focus is on an introduction and culminating project which approaches the topic from a more unusual angle. The final project for this unit has students holding a "summit conference" at which the future of Jerusalem will be decided. The unit's aim is to engage students in a project that deals with real-world issues by asking them to work as active learners and problem solvers. The unit, envisioned in three parts, contains materials and lessons for parts 1 and 3. Part 1 asks students to think about what they already know about the topics they are going to study and then to think through what it is that they want/need to know. It introduces the geography of the Middle East along with a general historical background and an introduction to Judaism and Islam. It aims to help students understand some of the strong passions and beliefs that surround Israel/Palestine and Jerusalem by connecting it to their own experiences. Part 2 is a survey of Judaism and Islam. Part 3 is the culminating project or "exhibition" for the unit. The unit incorporates a wide range of activities to give students practice in a variety of skills, as well as to help reach students with a variety of learning styles and abilities. Activities include geography and work with maps, brainstorming, creative writing, analysis, and personal writing; there is also a mix of individual, small group, and whole class activities. (Contains an 11-item bibliography.) (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Center for International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel (Jerusalem)