Israeli Knesset Simulation

By: Rabbi Natan Kapustin
from Abraham Joshua Heschel High School

Category:
Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
History, Social Studies

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, IBL - inquiry based learning, Constructivist, Blended Learning, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
11th and 12th

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
11, 12

The Israeli Knesset Simulation is a combination of live role-playing and online virtual world interaction in which high school seniors immerse themselves in Israeli politics by becoming members of Knesset. By playing a specific character, learning the party platform, and drafting legislation through committee work, the seniors engage in Israel from the inside-out, breaking down the barriers between their education and the real world.

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The various documents are labeled by number, in the recommended order that they should be read (they uploaded in reverse order).

1 is an overview of the entire program. The rest are samples of the simulation itself. Everything is in PDF format. 2s are background material produced by faculty. 3s are samples of end products/student work from a variety of years. 4s are examples of crisis situations as described in the overview and the documentation itself.

The other media form is a screencast of the simulation itself, or at least the website component of it. It was uploaded to a YouTube channel and takes you through the website. It runs approximately 15 minutes.

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