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Passover: Beyond the Holiday

Often Passover is thought about as simply "the other Jewish holiday" with little thought given to the context of the historical story or the implications of its celebration today. The resources included in this collection challenge students to take a closer look at the Passover story and holiday while also actively engaging them.
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Passover: Beyond the Holiday
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Jewish Women's Archive provides a Passover-related lesson plan that is unexpected, thought-provoking, engaging and so much more! Students compare the 4th of July and Passover, examine rights and responsibilities, and other activities that engage their creativity and critical-thinking.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Aish.com has compiled an outstanding collection of entertaining Passover related materials. From videos about the history of Passover to a presentation of artifacts from the time of Israelite slavery, there's a little something for everyone here. The video featuring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh with the words dubbed to Adele's song "Hello" will definitely get a chuckle out of you and our students while also depicting how this significant scene might have played out.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic does an amazing job of presenting key and interesting facts about Passover. Not only is this an excellent way to introduce Passover to students as well as generate discussion. I definitely recommend bookmarking this page, as well as printing the infographic to post in your classroom.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This page on the Hebrew for Christians website is a great way for older students to explore Passover in a variety of educational settings. From independent research to small group work, to using the resource as part of an introduction or further discussion on Passover, this web page has enough well-organized, well-written material to cover it all.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Judaism 101 has created an excellent webpage providing basic information about Passover. This is a great resource for the teacher that is new to this holiday (or those that need a refresher). While it is detailed and comprehensive (covering Passover music, Seder, key dates, and more), it is also well so organized, so it's not overwhelming. Although I recommend it for teachers to develop their background knowledge on Passover, there is plenty here to use in Passover lessons as well.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This brief video by History.com is a great way to introduce students to Passover. The imagery is captivating, while the narration is fact-filled, yet easy to follow. I definitely recommend showing this in the whole group, having students review it in small groups, or sharing it with students for independent study.
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    Passover: A Time to Grow Students' Vocabulary and Aspirations

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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This Edutopia blog post is a perfect first stop for teachers planning to explore Passover with older students. It provides great examples of how the holiday relates to and can further discussion of issues such as freedom and cultural context. But it also delves into character development by exploring the symbolism of renewal, in terms of how students can positively change their lives. Without crossing into religious teaching, there are excellent moral lessons this blog post highlights.
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BloomBoard Asks:How do you explore the social, political, cultural and historical aspects of Passover as a story and as a current celebration with your students?