Introductory Gallery Walk:
I use the "Gallery Walk" activities at the beginning of many units to introduce students to the topic of a new unit. It helps jar student thoughts and give an overview of what's to come. Here are the important elements to conducting a Gallery Walk:
The purpose of this unit is to be the link between the course content between the 9th and 10th grade Jewish History courses as well as providing necessary background information to help students create a historic timeline of anti-Semitism. This is important because discussions of Early Zionism (our first large unit) is happening simultaneously to a bleak experience for Jews in Eastern Europe who suffer pogroms and other forms of violence and discrimination. As we move into the Holocaust unit, it was important for me that students were able to trace anti-Jewish behavior across a longer period of time to understand that Nazi ideology did not arise from nothing but instead were born into a European landscape that had long scapegoated Jews.
Student Workbook above.
Introduction to Cornell Notes:
Starting the year with a skills based lesson is critical even when we don't have many lectures throughout the year. Nevertheless, I found it imperative to teach this note-taking strategy. See the "Aliyot PowerPoint Presentation" activity where students complete several Cornell Note Taking worksheets based on the presentations of their classmates to learn about the Five Aliyot later in the Early Zionism curriculum.
Yes, I shamelessly plug my 11-12th grade Jewish History elective to my tenth grade students by using this awesome Rabbi Sacks video. It is still on topic talking about modern anti-Semitism but showcases how extreme anti-Israel bias can be labeled as the new anti-Semitism.