8th Grade Expedition: The Roots of Conflict

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Students examined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from multiple perspectives. In fact, the central theme of this expedition was perspective. In the first case study students analyzed this conflict by looking back at its historical roots. During this process, each student was tasked with analyzing historic events from multiple perspectives and participating in rigorous discourse around these events. To culminate this case study, each student analyzed and dissected a spectrum of arguments for a solution. These arguments were authored by prominent Israelis and Palestinians. Following this, each student wrote an evidence-based response to the question of a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The second case study focused on the analysis and synthesis of spoken-word art. The final product for this expedition was live spoken-word event at WSU for the ‘Roots of Conflict’ course series.