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Sample Educational Activities based on Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 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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