Big6 in Action: The Big6 in Israel
Author: Reuven Werber
My name is Reuven Werber. I work at Neveh Channah High School for Girls in the Etzion Bloc, Israel. Our school is a 9–12th grade high school for Jewish modern Orthodox girls in the Etzion Bloc-Jerusalem area. We have two classes in every grade level with a total of about 250 students. I am a Judaic studies teacher and ed-tech coordinator at the school. I work with a staff (English teacher, math teacher, and school librarian) to develop and teach an educational technology information literacy course for 9th and 10th graders. I provide ed-tech support and professional development for our staff (about 50 teachers). I also teach a number of courses in ed-tech information literacy skills at the Herzog Teachers College of Yeshivat Har Etzion at the Etzion Bloc.
When I discovered the Big6 on the WWW, I joined and participated in the Big6 mailing list. Later, I bought and read a few Big6 books. Building on this knowledge base, I began translating Big6 materials and applying them at Neveh Channah. Two summers ago, it was my privilege to meet Bob Berkowitz who was in Israel for an International School Librarians conference. Bob visited our school and saw some of our projects. He gave us some very helpful tips and ideas for future program development. He invited me to present some of our projects at the school librarian conference, which I gladly did.
Our program teaches the students to use the Big6 model to complete various curricular projects (in cooperation with the curricular instructors). The projects emphasize different aspects of the model. Each year, we try to apply the Big6 model in a year-end team project. Last year, students in our 9th grade classes did a large project on Jerusalem neighborhoods. The students split into teams of four—chose a Jerusalem neighborhood, gathered information about it from books, periodicals, CD databases, the Web, visits to the neighborhood, and interviews with its residents. The teams utilized the information to prepare PowerPoint multimedia presentations. The students loved the project, and devoted many hours beyond the allotted class time for working on it.
The site is documented at http://www.nevnet.etzion.k12.il/jerusalem.htm (in Hebrew).
Title: Neighborhoods in Jerusalem
Authors: (from Neveh Channah Torah High School for Girls, Etzion Bloc, Israel)
Subject Areas: Geography, history, holiday celebration (Jerusalem Day)
Big6 Skills covered:
Goal: Study the geographical, historical, and demographic development of Jerusalem.
Content Area Objective:
Two 9th grade classes of 31-32 students each, are divided into teams of four. Each team chooses a neighborhood in Jerusalem and gathers, sorts, and organizes information about that neighborhood. Each team prepares a presentation about its neighborhood using Microsoft PowerPoint, and each team project will be exhibited to the school on Jerusalem Day (a day commemorating Jerusalem”s liberation in 1967). Each team divides into two subteams of two students each. All subteams write a report on a problem facing its neighborhood today and propose some possible solutions. This lesson can be adapted to the study of neighborhoods, towns, or cities in any geographical location.
Materials (in Hebrew):
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