Full Curriculum, Unit IV: Israel in Focus

Like the rest of the Jewish Lens curriculum, Unit IV, “Israel in Focus,” is built on a joint foundation of visual and textual literacy. Each lesson combines an exploration of Jewish text and photographic images to examine a different aspect of Israel – its history, geography, culture, and meaning to Jewish communities around the world. It also includes numerous opportunities for student expression through photography and other modalities

Lesson 1: Home/Homeland

Time: 50 minutes Materials: Poster boards (one per every three to five students) Markers Classroom board Copies of Israel Worksheet 1A: “Home/Homeland: Jewish Texts” (one per student) Copies of Israel Worksheet 1B: “Home/Homeland: Photography” (one per student) Printed copies of 11...

Lesson 2: Past and Present

Time: 50 minutes Materials: Copies of Israel worksheet 2A: “Past and Present: Introductory Activity” (one per student) Computer with Internet access, to play audio or video of HaTikvah and HaEmunah Classroom board Copies of Israel worksheets_2B: “Past and Present: Jewish Texts”...

Lesson 3: The Land of Israel

Time:  50 minutes Materials: One copy of Israel worksheet 3A “Land of Israel: Map Activity” packet (six pages) Six fine-tipped markers or pens in different colors Classroom board One copy of Israel worksheets_3B “Land of Israel: Jewish Texts” packet (nine pages) Printed copies...

Lesson 4: Returning to the Land

Materials: 50 minutes Preparation: Copies of Israel Worksheet_4A: “Returning to the Land: Introductory Activity” (one per student) Copies of Israel Worksheet_4B: “Returning to the Land: Hok ha-Shvut” (one per student) Classroom board Computers with Internet accessRelated photographs by Zion Ozeri,...