Real kid quotes from middle school -
"I've heard of family squabbles, but this is ridiculous."
"I don't understand. Is it hate or habit?"
"Why can't they just get along?"
Lesson Plan for Middle East
Critical Thinking Skills, Region
7th-grade World Geography/World Cultures
Discuss this conflict with your students via a brief lecture about the
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and handout of newspaper articles about the
conflict via an online search by the teacher prior to class, or by the
class if online access is available.
Here's a powerpoint that will help with background: The
Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Now that students have some understanding, let's see if students can determine
how and why an individual living in Palestine today might feel about the
current situation, based on a variety of different viewpoints. (Classroom
Directions: Using the information provided
in the Simulation Handout, students will imagine
themselves to be one of the characters listed. In character, and working
in groups, students will simulate a conversation that would be held around
the table, in each family setting. Depending upon the size of your class,
either arrange multiple table arrangements, to allow the kids to talk in
groups, at one time; or if time and space allow, present each group, in turn,
in front of the class.
Orally presented problem: Based on an
individual's life experience, and what each believe to be true, their behavior,
and their response to a particular problem could be very different.
their point of view, they would be behaving in a sensible, necessary,
good or proper manner.
From your point of view, they might be behaving in
a way that makes no sense to you.
Even if people behave in the same way,
are they behaving that way for the same reason? If you don't understand another
person's point of view, do you think you might misunderstand them? Could
that lead to problems that might be completely unnecessary? Of course!
important to try and understand other peoples points of view, and important
for them to try and understand yours.