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Grades: 4-6 Though its usage may well be broader, this material was specifically designed to be used in fourth to sixth grade as a personality centered introduction to Jewish history. We know that many schools struggle with a problem of (a) knowing that research suggests that sequential history cannot really be studied until seventh or eighth grade, but (b) also knowing that if history is not taught in the fourth to sixth-grade slot, many students will never have an opportunity to study it.
Therefore, what we have created is a series of “biographies” that tell individual stories in the context of background, that can be mastered during this period. Each of these units is designed to:
The individual biographies can be considered “quilting squares” and can be assembled in any fashion that the teacher or curriculum designer desires. They can be clustered within a historical period, gathered by theme, or sequenced o demonstrate a historical flow.
The Reform movement issued the so-called Pittsburgh Principles, which espoused a very liberal ideology, offending many religious leaders in America. This so-called traditional group was interested in preserving Jewish tradition and believed it could be done while allowing a Jew to comfortably live in the American secular culture. In addition, the hiring of Solomon Schechter, who was a noted European scholar, as the Seminary’s first president helped establish the Seminary as one of the premier schools of higher Jewish learning in America.
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