Saturday, November 22, 2008

November 29th resources

With November 29th approaching, I would like to draw your attention to a new resource recommended by Joyce Levine called On the Road to Statehood.

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On the Road to Statehood is a series of twenty web-based lessons that focuses on Zionist history from 1881 until November 29, 1947. Students experience this pivotal era in Zionist history through the eyes of ten characters that are featured throughout the site, who tell their own historically relevant stories. These stories engage the students and help make the historical periods come alive for them.

Along with first-person narratives, material in each chapter is also presented through text, photos, posters and links to other resources such as interactive maps, illustrations and newspaper articles. Activities and enrichment opportunities are included, as is a glossary. The timeline helps students order the events they are learning about in historical sequence, as well as understand how events relate to each other. Through these engaging, interactive and multidimensional lessons students gain an appreciation for the interplay between historical, political, social and cultural factors.

The lessons may be used as a complete series or a smaller number of lessons may be selected. You might consider using the first lesson - which introduces Kaf Tet b'November - as we approach November 29.

Goto www.roadtostatehood.org. Check out the introduction and first chapter; look over the teacher's guide and the rest of the site. See if this might be suitable for your students.
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The webquest that I developed some time ago is available at http://www.lookstein.org/webquests/nov29.htm
Some of the links are being updated, so be patient if they do not all work the first time you try it.

Shalom

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