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Harry S Truman and the Recognition of Israel (1948

published on: 7/17/2006

Contributing Teacher(s): Jay Buck

Subject Area: Social Studies/U.S. History

Grade Range: High School (9-12)

Materials Needed:

  • Access to library and to the internet

Objective: The student will be able to:

  • Write a two-page response on a topic relating to the recognition of the state of Israel.
  • Utilize proper research techniques and information gathering using the internet to access primary source documents.
  • Understand the pros and cons of the diplomatic recognition of Israel
  • Create a works-cited page using the MLA format.
  • Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections

    Process Standards:

    • Goal 1.2 conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas

    Content Standards:

    • Social Studies 2. Continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world

      Time Allowance: 1 Week

      Description: By participating in a RAFT activity, students will better understand the various positions regarding Harry Truman''s decision to recognize the state of Israel in 1948.


      Classroom Component:

       

      Note: This activity should be assigned during the early stages of a unit on the Cold War.. Library and Internet research time should be scheduled. The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Website has documents relating to the decision to recognize Israel. RAFT is an acronym for Role, Audience, Format, Topic.

      MLA Tutorial Link

      Directions: Choose one of the following topics and write a two-page typewritten response. Please keep in mind the Role you have chosen, the Audience that you are writing for, the Format in which the assignment has to be written, and the Topic that you must cover. Utilize one electronic resource as well as one traditional, written resource. A works-cited page (MLA format) should accompany your finished product. This paper is due in two weeks.

      ROLE

      AUDIENCE

      FORMAT

      TOPIC

      An American Oil Company Executive

      An executive board meeting

      Speech

      Describe, to other executives, the possible implications of America’s recognition of Israel on oil supplies

      A Leading American Rabbi

      U.S. Senate Committee

      Testimony

      The moral reasons for recognition of Israel

      Prime Minister of Great Britain

      President Harry Truman

      Letter

      Pros and cons of recognizing Israel

      A leading Arab Diplomat

      Members of the UN General Assembly

      Speech

      A demand that the rights of Arabs living in Palestine be respected

      A member of the US Department of Defense

      Harry Truman

      Letter

      What the US military should do in the event of war between Israel and its Arab neighbors

      Thoughtful Student of History

      Teacher

      Essay

      How the decision to recognize and support Israel has implications on the US war on terror

      Rubric

      CATEGORY

      Excellent

      Good

      Fair

      Needs Work/Poor

      Quality of Information

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

      Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

      Organization

      Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

      Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

      Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed.

      The information appears to be disorganized.

      Mechanics

      No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      A few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Many grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Sources

      All sources are accurately documented in the desired format.

      All sources are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

      All sources are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

      Some sources are not accurately documented.

       

       


      Note: This activity should be assigned during the early stages of a unit on the Cold War.. Library and Internet research time should be scheduled. The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Website has documents relating to the decision to recognize Israel. RAFT is an acronym for Role, Audience, Format, Topic.

      MLA Tutorial Link


      Directions: Choose one of the following topics and write a two-page typewritten response. Please keep in mind the Role you have chosen, the Audience that you are writing for, the Format in which the assignment has to be written, and the Topic that you must cover. Utilize one electronic resource as well as one traditional, written resource. A works-cited page (MLA format) should accompany your finished product. This paper is due in two weeks.

      ROLE

      AUDIENCE

      FORMAT

      TOPIC

      An American Oil Company Executive

      An executive board meeting

      Speech

      Describe, to other executives, the possible implications of America’s recognition of Israel on oil supplies

      A Leading American Rabbi

      U.S. Senate Committee

      Testimony

      The moral reasons for recognition of Israel

      Prime Minister of Great Britain

      President Harry Truman

      Letter

      Pros and cons of recognizing Israel

      A leading Arab Diplomat

      Members of the UN General Assembly

      Speech

      A demand that the rights of Arabs living in Palestine be respected

      A member of the US Department of Defense

      Harry Truman

      Letter

      What the US military should do in the event of war between Israel and its Arab neighbors

      Thoughtful Student of History

      Teacher

      Essay

      How the decision to recognize and support Israel has implications on the US war on terror


      Rubric

      CATEGORY

      Excellent

      Good

      Fair

      Needs Work/Poor

      Quality of Information

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

      Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

      Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

      Organization

      Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

      Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

      Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed.

      The information appears to be disorganized.

      Mechanics

      No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      A few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Many grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

      Sources

      All sources are accurately documented in the desired format.

      All sources are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

      All sources are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

      Some sources are not accurately documented.


       

      For additional information contact :
      Jay Buck
      Lafayette Sr. High
      Rockwood R-VI
      (636) 458-7200
      EMAIL:
      lst20@rockwood.k12.mo.us

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