Middle East
Teacher's Guide

January 15, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Abeja - Can't We All Just Get Along?

Abeja talks about different approaches to conflict resolution, intentional communities and ways of telling people how you feel without yelling at them. Plus a meditation on the effects of travel and some of the cultural lessons Abeja has learned from her journey.

The ideas and techniques presented in this dispatch should prove invaluable for any teacher. Challenge your students to use "I statements" and give "feedback" the next time a conflict arises in your classroom.

Kevin - Safed: A Battle of Living History

The Team takes a tour through the historical town of Safed in the Galilee. Kevin tells us about the struggles of the Jewish settlers of Safed and their fight to gain control of their home.

How about a living history of your town or your country? Hearing about something from someone who was actually there brings history alive. Ask your students to interview their parents, grandparents, or older family friend about a key event in the history of your town or your country, which that person witnessed firsthand and have them summarize the interview.

Kevin - Setting the Stage for War

Kevin explains how the State of Israel came to be, and that the road to independence was not paved in gold, but rather with struggles and bloodshed.

Almost every nation has had a struggle for independence in its past, but the story of Israel's independence is somewhat unusual given the history of the Jewish people and the religious importance of the land that makes up the country. Compare the Independence movement of Israel with the Independence of another country. Key to this discussion of the ideas of nationhood and nationalism.

Monica - Under the Sacred Rock
kid's version available

The Team visits the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Israel. After this, they enter the U.S. Consular Office and are thoroughly searched by the guards.

Discuss this question: How is it that people of these two religions can pray side by side but cannot achieve peace in the region?

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