Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: STAD Lesson Plan

Part of a two-part series covering the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the specific issues
surrounding the turmoil. This lesson plan allows to students to be creative with a group activity while the
lesson plan in part one deals with the history of the conflict.
Social Studies Lesson Plan Using STAD Teaching Model
The social studies lesson plan in this article is a follow-up to a lesson plan on the history of the IsraeliPalestinian Conflict. This lesson plan allows to students to analyze information and use their creativity
and communication skills to share what they’ve learned with their classmates. It is a cooperative learning
lesson for use in a middle school or high school social studies class.
Lesson focus: To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their new knowledge about the
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with their communication and writing skills. It is a social studies lesson plan
using cooperative learning.
Performance Objective: Students will further their understanding of Israeli and Palestinian history
through dialog with classmates and a cooperative learning activity.
Time: Three to Four Class Periods
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Educational Standards Met:
NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) Thematic Standard: IX. Global Connections
NSS (National Social Sciences) -WH.5-12.1 ERA 9: The 20th Century since 1945: Promises and
Paradoxes. 1c.
Lesson Outline
1) Divide students into groups of three to five.
2) As a class review the list of issues, facts, and terms created in the first lesson in this series and decide
which are the most important. (Possible list items are included below.)
3) From the shortened list created in Step 2, assign each group one item. (Depending on the size of the
list, Step 2 might not be necessary.)
4) Assignment (To be started in class)
a) Write a two or three paragraph explanation of the given term, issue or fact.
b) Develop a method for sharing this with the class with an emphasis on creativity. (I.e.-Power Point
presentation, notes on the board, handout or pamphlet, photos, original song, poem, etc.)
c) A description of the presentation should be submitted for approval either at the end of the class meeting
or a set deadline.
5) On an assigned day, groups will present their topic and be prepared to answer questions from the class.
Each group will probably need at least fifteen minutes. Copies of the group’s written explanation and
presentation tool should be given to the teacher.
Possible List
Fatah-Palestinian political party begun by Yasir Arafat in the 1950’s.
Egyptian involvement in the recent truce
Ehud Olmert-Israeli Prime Minister.
Yasir Arafathttp:-Former President of the Palestinian Authority and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation.
Deceased in 2004, Arafat was a dichotomy who, although, a known terrorist, was a winner of the 1994
Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts toward peace with Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas-President of the Palestinian Authority. Belongs to Fatah.
Knesset-Israel’s Parliament. It has one house, or is unicameral.
Hezbollah-Militant Shiite Muslim group that uses violence against Israel.