Peace Plan Webquest

 
 
 
The Israeli and Palestinian
Conflict
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Disputed land of Israel and the Palestinians

 
 
 
 

    Have you ever helped settle an argument or dispute

between two of your friends? 

    

    Sometimes arguments can't seem to be settled without a third party stepping in, like when you helped your friends make peace with each other.

    Unfortunately, this happens between countries and different groups of people, not just among friends...

    For over 60 years the Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting in the Middle East to occupy the same piece of land.  During this time a number of wars and long streaks of violence have broken out resulting in thousands of deaths. 

    During the course of this endless dispute, a lasting peace agreement has not been achieved.  Many have tried and failed, including United States Presidents, to help mediate the conflict.  In addition, countless Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been unable to bring an end to the controversy.

    As citizens of the global community you realize that this violence needs to stop.  How will you create a Peace Plan to solve the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians?

 

 

 File:Israeli and Palestinian Flags.png

 
 
 
 
 

    Upon completing this webquest you will have worked to create a plan for lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  Your task is to work as a team, each member representing an Israeli or Palestinian political group's viewpoint.  The Israelis and Palestinians are trying to live in the same space, control the same religious sites and historical landmarks that are sacred to each group, and have a government that is the law of the land.  Your goal is to COMPROMISE with your team to generate the most fair solution.  Your team will create and present its PEACE PLAN COMPROMISE in a Google Presentation to be presented to your class.

Introduction, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion, Teacher Section

  
 
 

Process:     

Step 1:

            In your team of 4, choose which political group each member will read about and gather information to use in creating the PEACE PLAN COMPROMISE.

            Each member of your team will choose a group below to research.  Use the provided links as your sources for research.

 
   

 

 PLO

 

 Hamas    

 Likud   

 Labor  

 

Step 2:

    When reading the sources, find out how the political group stands on the following issues:

                Use these VOCABULARY TERMS to help clarify the sources above and questions below...

 

  • Should Jewish settlements exist?

  • Should the barrier wall exist?

  • Who should control Jerusalem and East Jerusalem?

  • What should be done about Palestinian suicide bombings?

 

  • Should there be check points for Palestinians?

  • Is the solution to have one or two states? (1 country the way it currently is or 2 countries:  Israel and Palestine)

  • Should Palestinians have the right to vote?


Step 3:

  • It's TIME TO CREATE YOUR PLAN - gather with your team and GET READY to COMPROMISE.
  • Use the information you acquired from your research about the 7 issues above and support a plan that gives the most satisfaction to your political group while still compromising with your team members.
  • REMEMBER:  this is a compromise; a PEACE PLAN.  The overall plan is more important than any single point to your political group.  ALL PARTIES must give a little to achieve the desired goal = PEACE!
 
Step 4:  
 
    Once your team has created a plan, you will need to collaborate to create a Google Presentation.  (do not use PowerPoint for this project)
  • Each member is responsible for creating at least TWO SLIDES

  • Create slides and share with a chosen member of your team.  As a team you should then decide the appropriate order for your slide show and share the final presentation with "northsadler."

  • Your team will present your PEACE PLAN to the class.
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Your Peace Plan will be presented in the form of a Google Presentation in which all of your group members must participate. 
 

 

  • Your team will present your Peace Plan in the style of a press conference as a breaking news story.  The presentation should be professional as if you were speaking to the world's leaders about the new political changes.

  • Your Google Presentation should have 9 slides total:  a title slide, one slide for each of the questions in Step 2, and a works cited slide.

  • Your team should use professional speech and incorporate images representative of Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Your Google Presentation should express the compromises you reached for each of the issues listed in Step 2.

  • Click on the rubric link below to see exact details on how to create your team's Google Presentation.  Print one copy for your team, sign, and submit when giving your presentation.

           Rubric 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    The Peace Plan Compromise that your team created was no doubt a struggle.  The leaders of these groups of people have an even harder time arriving at a solution.  Every day they deal with the balancing act of pleasing their voters but also the observers of the conflict who demand a peaceful outcome.  The weight of the actual loss of lives in this conflict undoubtedly weighs heavy on their conscience.  Regardless of the lack of success in the past and the present, these two sides continue to hold meetings and summits with the aid of foreign leaders to help find a resolution.
 
    Evaluate the 7 questions from Step 2 and discuss which one is the most significant stumbling block for the Israelis and Palestinians in achieving peace.  Would a resolution be easier to mediate if this specific question were removed from the equation?  Explain your answer in a one half page essay, 6 slide comic strip, or informational flyer. 
 
    For further study:  examine the tensions between India and Pakistan
  • research the history of India and Pakistan's relationship including Pakistan's independence in 1947
  • create a list of 4 points that cause the dispute between the 2 countries
    • consider Kashmir, nuclear weapons, terrorism, ethnic heritage, etc when creating 4 points
  • in a way similar to your Middle East Peace Plan, create a compromise solution to the dispute between the two nations
 
 
 
 
 
Grade Level:  This WebQuest is designed for high school students (10 - 12)
 
Social Studies Knowledge Standards
5.  Students will acquire knowledge of the major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement, regions) and their relationships to changes in society and environment.
6.  Students will acquire knowledge of how relationships of the individual and groups relate to institutions and cultural traditions.
7.  Students will acquire knowledge in the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents).
Performance Standards
Goal 1
    2.  Students will be able to conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas.
Goal 2
    1.  Students will be able to plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences.
    3.  Students will be able to exchange information, questions and ideas while recognizing the perspectives of others.
    7.  Students will be able to use technological tools to exchange information and ideas.
 
Goal 3
    7.  Students will be able to evaluate the extent to which a strategy addresses the problem.
 
Goal 4
    6.  Students will be able to identify tasks that require a coordinated effort and work with others to complete those tasks.
    
    
1c:  Students will use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
2a:  Students will interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2d:  Students will contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
3b:  Students will locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
4d:  Students will use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
5b:  Students will exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
6a:  Students will understand and use technology systems.
 
 
 
Extension Activities
Evaluate the 7 questions from Step 2 and discuss which one is the most significant stumbling block for the Israelis and Palestinians in achieving peace.  Would a resolution be easier to mediate if this specific question were removed from the equation?  Explain your answer in a one half page essay, 6 slide comic strip, or informational flyer. 
 
 
Differentiation Ideas:
Please adjust the rubric to meet the needs of diverse learners and to meet IEP accommodations such as extended time limit or alternate assignment.
 
 
Further Study:
    Students may use the process above to examine a dispute between India and Pakistan...
  • research the history of India and Pakistan's relationship including Pakistan's independence in 1947
  • create a list of 4 points that cause the dispute between the 2 countries
    • consider Kashmir, nuclear weapons, terrorism, ethnic heritage, etc when creating 4 points
  • in a way similar to your Middle East Peace Plan, create a compromise solution to the dispute between the two nations
 
 
 
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