Lesson Plans - The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

These lesson plans are designed to develop three key skills:

  1. Critically assessing evidence, whether it be photographs, film clips, speeches or maps;

  2. Analysing the relative merits of opposing arguments;

  3. Engaging in reasoned and constructive discussion with peers about topics which may arouse emotion.

The lessons use elements of the interactive videos as stimulus, and will work best if the students have viewed the material at home before the lesson. This will allow the 'live' teacher to do what they do best, which is lead the discussion and debate in the classroom, adapted to the particular needs of your students.

Our interactive videos are available here, and you'll find an index of each lesson's embedded content there as well.

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Happy teaching!


Introduction: The Complete History, companion lesson plan

Use our introductory video to stimulate discussion with this 60 minute lesson plan.

The key question: “how and why is history written differently?”


2. Analysing multiple source documents

You can use this lesson to show the class how to analyse the sources which illustrate the conflicting promises made by the British Government and use this as a springboard to a discussion of British motives and the longer term consequences.


4. Assessing the relative merits of different pieces of historical evidence

You can use this lesson to show the class how to assess the relative strength of  different arguments (in this case the disputed causes of the 1929 Riots) by analysing and assessing the usefulness of the evidence used on both sides.


1. Analysing a single source   document

You could use this lesson to introduce your class to the Arab Israeli conflict and show them how to analyse a written source. The lesson requires no prior knowledge and at just over 170 words the Balfour Declaration is a bite-sized study.  


3. Analysing and critiquing historical interpretations

You can use this lesson to show the class how opposite interpretations of causes (in this case the Great Arab Revolt of 1936) can be constructed from an analysis of the same events. 


5. Promoting Civil Discourse

This lesson is aimed at students aged 14+ years. Your twin objectives are to educate your students how to exchange opposing views in a respectful and open manner while at the same time teaching them some history.