Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Recognition of Israel
Jesse McClain
Social Studies
Time Frame:
1 lesson
Recognition Of Israel

Grade Levels:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

After viewing the PowerPoint titled Israel and the American Cyrus which deals with the influences on President Truman’s decision to recognize Israel and the birth of Israel as a nation, students will journal write responding to one of the three prompts found on the last three slides.


The rationale for doing this lesson is to refresh and to educate students on the history of what led up to Israel’s birth and the role Harry S. Truman had in it’s recognition.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:

  • National Standards met:
  • IX  Global Connections   and   X  Civic Ideas and Practices

Missouri Standards

2. Continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world

6. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions


Kansas Standards

Benchmark 4: The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of individuals, groups, ideas, developments, and turning points of the World Since 1945.

3. (K) describes the emergence of the Middle East as an influential region in world politics (e.g., creation of the state of Israel, emerging Middle Eastern post WWII nationalism: Suez Crisis, petroleum based interdependence).

Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.

1. (A) analyzes a theme in world history to explain patterns of continuity and change over time.

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:


Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
  • Familiarize students with educational materials and resources at Truman Library www.trumanlibrary.org  site dealing with the 2008 Teacher Conference with special note to Hahn and Benson’s conference topic on Israel.

Technology Required:

LCD Projector     Computer     Screen

Full description of activity or assignment.

After viewing the PowerPoint titled Israel and the American Cyrus, students will choose one of the three prompts located on the last three slides to respond to in argument form. The teacher should open up the class to a discussion of the PowerPoint’s points being stressed and alluded to prior to student writing. The teacher can use the rubric provided to evaluate student writing.

Recognition of Israel (Powerpoint)

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

Students will be given the rubric the teacher will use to grade their written arguments so students will understand what to cover in their writing. The teacher may assign a point value to each of the rubric’s criteria. Students will be encouraged to address all points equally.

Rubric (Word)