Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223

The pupils in your class have never known a time without constant conflict between the countries in the Middle East. An informative video from Crash Course World History covers the history of the Israeli/Palestine situation, the battle over Gaza strip, and the way things stand now between the two groups.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video on their own before or after a class discussion on conflicts in the Middle East
  • Connect to a research project on world religions or conflicts in the twentieth century
  • Split the class into 10 groups, and have each group research and present about one specific decade in the twentieth century as it relates to the Israel/Palestine conflict
  • Design a class debate in which one side argues the Israeli point of view and the other side discusses the rights of the Palestinians 
Classroom Considerations

  • Subject matter may be sensitive to members of your class who have personal or religious connections to Israel or Palestine; be sure that learners can discuss the topic maturely
  • Provides a wide-ranging but brief account of the conflict and its nuances, which should connect to a deeper discussion in class
  • Narration moves quickly and may require several pauses to reiterate what was said
  • Contains a criticism of Bill Clinton's presidency that is worth further class discussion and debate
  • Part of a larger video playlist on world history
Pros

  • Contains lots of important facts and details with which learners may not be familiar
  • Discusses the current state of the Middle East conflict (2015)
  • Video is engaging and accessible for young learners
  • Emphasizes that the conflict is not ultimately intractable
Cons

  • None