Recognize Israel? You Decide
1-2 class days
Recognition Of Israel
Analyzing Primary Sources
Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:
- Students will analyze two primary source documents, then use the collection to make & defend their own decision.
- to give students practice using primary sources
- to expose students to the challenges of government (and executive) decision-making
- to teach students some of the historical context of the time
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:
- Common Core: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH 11-12.2 , 7 , 8, 9, and 10.
- Common Core: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL 11-12.1 and 2.
Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
computer and internet access
Full description of activity or assignment.
- I hand out hard copies of the two documents in question (JCS memo and Clifford notes) to allow students to take notes and read “offline” if they prefer.
- Options here include handing out overnight to allow more time to read, and/or to use groups.
- Option here to have students defend their choice to the class.
Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:
- Possibly a simple completion grade: all four parts necessary for an A, 3 for a C, 2 or less is failing.
- Four parts to the assignment: two document analysis sheets, decision on recognition, document justification.
- Break down the assessment into four parts. The decision on recognition and document justification are worth 30 % each (or, say, 30 points each). That is passing. That leaves the two document analysis sheets to be slightly less (20% or 20 points each) and you can feel free to be harsher on the proper/successful completion thereof.