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Processing Antisemitism, Terror, and War

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan


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About This Mini-Lesson

In the early hours of Saturday, October 7, 2023, Hamas fired rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel and launched an antisemitic terrorist attack designed to murder Jews. More Jewish lives were lost on October 7, 2023 than on any one day since the Holocaust. As a result of this horrific violence, the region has now plunged into a war that will continue to cause the loss of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives.

While this mini-lesson was developed immediately following the events of October 7, we believe that its elements remain relevant for classroom use even in the days and weeks that follow the initial terrorist attack and the outbreak of war.

The activities are intended to help teachers support their students as they process the loss of life, learn strategies for following breaking news responsibly, and consider how they can take care of themselves and others.

We are already witnessing increases in hate against Jewish and Muslim people following this atrocity, please find suggestions below for how teachers can identify intolerance in their schools and communities and support their students’ learning about antisemitism and Islamophobia.

We recommend you use a selection of activities best suited to your students’ needs.



Processing Antisemitism Terror and War Facing History and Ourselves.pdf

Lesson Plan
November 29, 2023
0.1 MB
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