Middle East
Teacher's Guide

January 19, 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:

Kavitha - It's Only Art, Right?!

Find out why the communities of Kohav Yair and Tira were brought together and torn apart by an evening of art.

Censorship and controversy go hand-in-hand. Spark a discussion on the meaning of censorship and how censorship causes controversy and visa-versa. If the are/were recent instances in your community or city of censorship, bring these up and discuss with students.

Abeja - Life on a Kibbutz
Kid's version available

The Team explores the history and lifestyle of a kibbutz. They talk with young people about modern changes to traditional kibbutz life.

Living in a utopian society is everyone's dream, but building one that thrives is difficult. Divide the class into groups and have each one build their own utopia. Have them name their state/community, vote on who would be the leaders and define what role they would take (government, police, education), and how they would make a living within that society (trade, farm, build).

Kavitha - Beauty in Chaos
Kid's version available

The Team tastes the flavors of both old and new Jerusalem. They see the differences between Arab, Jewish, and Christian quarters, and visit the sites of Damascus Gate, Zion Square, and Jaffa Road.

Kavitha does a great job of depicting the differences that exist in the four quarters of Jerusalem. Her poem drives home the reality of many people living side by side but very differently from each another. Students might enjoy composing a short poem that depicts the similarities and differences in their own immediate household. Or, have them choose (based on the poem) which quarter they would like to live in and why.

Kevin - Fight for Your Right to Party

The Team gets involved in a political protest in the city of Hebron. They help defend the Sultan family against attacks by Jewish settlers in the Beqa'a Valley.

Against the backdrop of one family's personal attack, Kevin's dispatch spells out how to become a Peace Activist in one week or less. Walk through the steps with your students and ask them to write down why (or why not) they would one day like to be an activist. If they could be one tomorrow, what issue close to home would they choose to speak up for and why? Have them list their personal traits that they think would make them a good activist.

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