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Sample Educational Activities based on Family History and Genealogy
   
submitted by Arab Educational Institute
02.03.2006

Activities/Units (based on Bethlehem area)
Age group
Resources Available
Relation to other activities

Discuss sources of identity and how they vary for local and Diaspora Palestinians
Can be adapted to fit age
Worksheet Available

Discuss importance of knowledge of heritage and history for Palestinians
Can be adapted to fit age

Make a Family Tree based on what one knows
Can be adapted to fit age
Family
Can be put onto the website

Collect information from extended family to complete as much as one can
Can be put onto the website

Learn the history of your clan
High School
Can be put onto the website

Make a timeline including key events in your life, the history of your family, Bethlehem and Palestine
Can be adapted to fit age group
See Forms

Research a member of your family
High School
Can be put onto the website

Research your family in written resources
High School
See suggested books and resources
Can be put onto the website

Book reports on biographies etc.
High School
e.g. The First Well
By Eastern Windows (high level of English needed)
Can be put onto the website

Treasure hunt:

Find as family names as you can with the name of family X
Can be adapted to fit age group
Eg. Dabdoub steps
Jacir Palace
Can be put onto the website

Collect family documents and photos
Any age
Can be put onto the website

Conduct an oral interview of a family member
Can be adapted to fit age group
Can be put onto the website

Visit a Cemetery, photograph headstones; find out about one of the people buried there etc.
See Forms
Can be put onto the website

Learn about the clan/hara structure in Bethlehem (Beit Jala/ Beit Sahour)

Hanna Giacaman’s Book and others; visit to Hosh Giacaman
Can be put onto the website

Photograph people/places of importance to your family
Can be adapted to fit age group
Can be put onto the website

Explore Library Resources: make annotated bibliography
High School
See suggested books
Can be put onto the website

Write a letter to a relative to ask for information
Can be adapted to fit age group

Collect family artifacts and discuss their significance
Can be adapted to fit age group
Can be tied in to visits to heritage centers

Collect testimonies from many people concerning a specific period (eg. Mandate)
Can be adapted to fit age group
Can be put onto the website

Enter your Family History onto Family History Software
High School
Genealogy software; if unavailable can be created online on some sites such as Palestine-family.net or ancestry.com
Can be put onto the website
Assumes computer literacy, ability to type in Arabic/English

Become a pen pal with a relative living in the Diaspora
Can be adapted to fit age group; can be part of English class
Can be put onto the website

Go interview people from refugee camps in area to learn about the families and the towns they came from
High School
Check sites dedicated to Refugees such as Shaml, Badil, Palestine remembered.com


Look on Query boards on Genealogy Websites and try to answer their questions about Bethlehem(ites)
High School
Assumes computer literacy, familiarity with Internet; English language skills

Go on Genealogy Websites and see who is looking for your name
High School
Assumes computer literacy, familiarity with Internet; English language skills
Learn about the different religious/ethnic communities in Palestine.
Can be adapted to fit age group



Find out where in the world people have your surname
Try Surname sites
Assumes computer literacy, familiarity with Internet; English language skills

Make a scrapbook of photos, documents, oral histories collected, your diary
Can be adapted to fit the age group
Can be the goal toward which they are working all year.

Assemble objects, photos, documents etc to make a photo collage
Can be adapted to fit the age group; can be either framed or photographed.

NB. Some of the activities can be adapted for university students

This is adapted from a table which appeared on the Bethlehem Genealogy and Family History Page. It may be easier to view there:http://www.aeicenter.org/aei/genealogy/family/sample_activities.htm

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