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May 16, 2008

This week I tip my hat to the students in our Human Geography class. This term we have been focused on the Middle East with an emphasis on understanding the roots of the current conflicts. Part of the curriculum has involved a series of assignments in which the students focus on understanding the issues from the perspective of a teenager of their age and gender but assuming a specific role in the region.

Their assignment for the last week has been to maintain a digital journal in the form of a blog. The students have been encouraged to make their circumstances as real as possible and to incorporate current issues and events. I have been wowed by a number of them and think that that you will be too. I hope that you will take the time to look at a couple. I have provided links below. Please note that the most recent entries appear first(at top) with the earliest entries at the bottom. I recommend starting at the oldest entry as the students have generally done a great job of establishing their characters and several have developed threads that run through multiple entries.

(I do ask readers to note that these are daily journal entries and therefore are not always quite as perfect in terms of grammar and format as they might be. Some of the great ideas and stories make up for some instances of less than perfect writing!)

Elyse – Muslim Palestinian student living in Jerusalem
Abram – Child of Palestinian refugees living in Syria
Jake – Child of Hamas party member living in Gaza
Gigi – Jewish student living in Jerusalem
Hannah – Child of Shiite family living in Iraq – Baghdad region
Jeff – Child of Palestinian refugees living in Jordan
Javier – Child of Sunni family living in Iraq – Baghdad region
AJ – Child of Hamas party member living in West Bank
Jess – Jewish student living on settlement (of Sephardic descent)
Ellyn – Child of Kurdish family living in northern Iraq – Mosul
Emily – Muslim Arab student living in southern Lebanon
Justyne – Child of Islamic family living in rural Iran
Oran – Muslim Child of Fatah party member living in West Bank
Taylor – Child of Sunni family living in Iraq – Ramadi
Changmin – Child of Shiite family living in Iraq – Basra
Lydia – Child of Islamic family living in urban Iran
• Ben – Jewish student living in Haifa

It has been truly exciting to read many of these entries.

Next week, we move on to our final debates. The students will be debating major issues in their regions from the perspective of their adoptive characters. I hope that the debates work out as well as these blogs have.

Have a great weekend and week.

John K.

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