Introduction: Over the past few weeks, you have taken a look at the history and relationships between the Israelis and Palestinians. Over the past 80 years we have examined the loss of life and destruction in which these two cultures have inflicted on one another. Throughtout this unit, many of you have asked the question, "Why can't these people get along?" In this final activity, you will have the opportunity to answer this question.
Task: With your Group, you will be asked to come up with a strategy for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. When you have been assigned your role, your team will analyze the Middle East crisis. You will create a plan of peace that will be acceptable to the people of Palestine and Israel. You will work together in your group to create a PowerPoint Presentation to present to the class explaining your peace plan. Each of your will have assigned tasks to represent one of four roles in this project.
Process: To accomplish this task, you need to be in teams of four. Each person will have a role. Some cases might call for groups of five, in which case some roles will be shared between two people. Listed below are the roles your group will portray.
Historian - Your role will be to examine the history between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Israeli Diplomat - Your role will be to represent the Israeli people and the interests of your state.
Palestinian Diplomat - You are assigned the task of coming up with a peace plan that takes into concern the needs of the Palestinian people.
Mediator - You are assigned to create a final peace plan between the Palestinians and Israelis.
1. Meet by Roles- All the Historians, Israeli Diplomats, Palestinian Diplomats, and Mediators from each group will meet together to research for their role in the peace negotiations. Your group will be given a journal which includes the questions you will need to research and discuss, an evaluation, maps, a timeline, and note taking paper. I will be meeting with each role individually to discuss the expectiations that you will need to meet. There are websites in the resource section of this webquest for you to use. You will also have an opportunity to research other sites for this project.
2. Meet with "Peace Talks" group - After gathering your information for your role in the peace negotiations, return to your group for peace talks. Here you will use your research to play your role in the peace talks. Your group will need to participate in discussions and plan peace negotiations to answer the question, "What does peace look like?" You will be expected to:
Create Peace Terms - Who has what?
Tell how you came to those terms
List the sacrifices that each side had to make to ensure peace
Has the ownership/rights to land changed? If so, where?
Create an overhead projection film that depicts land arrangements
Create a Powerpoint presentation to detail your peace plan
Create a Peace Contract detailing your peace agreement, to be signed by each member of your team
4. Reflection Paper-
You have now come to the final task of the Middle East Unit. Over the course of the past few weeks we have examined the history behind the turbulent relationship between the Israelis and Palestinians. Through the extensive notes, newspaper articles, group discussions, research and Peace Plan PowerPoint projects you have seen just how complicated and intricate the situation has become.
For the final form of assessment you will be writing a reflection paper in which you will answer the following questions. I expect you to answer in detail with careful thought and insight.
How well would the peace plan your group developed work in the "real world"? What do you think would work? What do you think would not work? Why?
Describe how well your group worked together. What were some positive/negative points to your group? How well did every group member stay focused on the final outcome of the project? Explain!
After viewing the other PowerPoint presentations, what wold you change to your peace plan? Why? If there is nothing you would change why would you not change?
Who do you believe to have the most power in the Middle East to ensure peace?
What do you feel needs to happen in order for peace between the two cultures?
What was your overall impression of the unit? What were some of the things that you enjoyed? What were some things that you would like to see changed? Why?
**There will be assigned days for you to research and gather your information, discuss the peace process in your groups, create your PowerPoint presentation, and share your final result with the class. Some groups may find it necessary to meet before or after school, an even at nights or on the weekends to finalize this project.