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Jennifer Rittner, The New York Times Learning Network
Javaid Khan, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Fine Arts, Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Social Studies
Interdisciplinary Connections

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students consider words that reflect their knowledge and opinions about Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip. They then develop annotated timelines about the history of the region in the 20th century and create collages that express their perspectives on the conflict in light of recent events.

Lesson Plan
60 Minutes story on Israel and Palestine – one of the best in mainstream American media so far.

Picture Books/Young Readers
Sittiā€™s Secrets, by Naomi Shihab Nye. 1994. Palestine/USA
Oasis of Peace, by Laurie Dolphin. 1993. Israel/Palestine

Young Adult
Habibi, by Naomi Shihab Nye. 1997. Israel/Palestine (Grades 5-9)
A Little piece of Ground, by Elizabeth Laird. 2003. Palestine
Samir and Yonatan, by Daniella Carmi. 1994. Israel Palestine (Grades 4-8)
A Stone in My Hand, by Cathryn Clinton. 2002. Israel Palestine (Ages 11 and up)
Tasting the Sky, a Palestinian Childhood, by Ibtisam Barakat. 2007. Palestine
Samir and Yonatan, by Daniella Carmi. Ages 12 to 15.

Three Wishes, Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak, by Deborah Ellis. 2004. Israel/Palestine (Grades 7 and up)
Understanding the Holy Land, Answering Questions about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Mitch Frank. 2005. Israel/Palestine
Cultures in Conflict: The Arab-Israeli Conflict, by Calvin Goldscheider. 2002.
The Palestinian Authority by John G. Hall. 2003. Ages 10 up.

Israel/Palestine and the Cold War

Israel and Palestine – The roots of conflict

The Holy Land, a Troubled Land: Can There Be Peace?

PEP Palestine Israel Education Project

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Classroom Simulation

Israel and the Palestinians

Israel/Palestine: A Lesson Plan for Understanding the Middle East Conflict

Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine PPT Presentations

Palestine and the Middle East Lesson Plans

Israel and Palestine – the promised land? – Palestinian-Israeli Crossfire

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Frontline: battle for the Holy Land


Lines in the Sand: deadly times in the West Bank and Gaza

The Mideast: A Century of Conflict

Seeds of Peace

Israel and Palestine: The Fight for Peace

Gaza: The two perspectives

Take a Walk in My Shoes

The Holy Land, a Troubled Land: Can There Be Peace?

Fatah vs. Hamas: Continued strife in the Gaza Region

Prospects for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Gaza City Chaos

United in Grief

Teaching about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

to be continued…

Learning About How the World Is Responding to Palestinian Call For Financial Aid

Author: Rachel McClain, The New York Times Learning Network

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson, students explore the financial and political relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Middle Eastern countries.

Buying Time


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