The Peace Research Institute In The Middle East (PRIME) is an organization comprised of Israelis and Palestinians who have developed high school materials on the Middle East that are used in both communities.
As a Newsweek article explains, each page is divided into three: the Palestinian and Israeli narratives and a third section left blank for the pupil to fill in. “The idea is not to legitimize or accept the other’s narrative but to recognize it..”
I had heard about this project a couple of years ago, and thought the instructional strategy was one that would be useful in teaching about any conflict. I just have never gotten around to doing it, though I’m planning to finally give it a try in my U.S. History class this coming semester.
All the PRIME materials can be freely downloaded from their site. They are far too advanced for English Language Learners, but the idea can used with modified materials about the Middle East conflict. In fact, I think it would be fairly easy to do so with some of the resources already on The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict list.
I’d be interested in hearing if anyone has tried something like this in their classroom and how it went..