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Grades: 4-7 The Stories We Live By lessons use Jewish folktales and Rabbinic stories to teach important Jewish values. Each lesson tells a story and offers probing questions and text study for students to consider. Twelve Stories We Live By lessons are available. The teacher's guide is sold separately.
There is a large body of literature (both secular and Jewish) that suggests that stories are the best way to transmit, store, and access values. It apparently works this way: When you tell a story, the story's context gives the value a reality that isn't communicated without a clear example. Stories, however, are remembered much more than information or statements. They take on a life of their own in a student's memory. Students may often draw from stories on their own to solve real life situations. A story also gives a teacher a very easy way to reference a story. It is somewhat hard to say "Don't you remember the value of Derekh Eretz?" A Hebrew term and a new idea are not likely to remain active long in the memory when is not reinforced. However, "Remember the story about the rabbi who finds the ruby hidden under the saddle" is much more likely to be successful.
Stories We Live by: Brides Hairpin is made up of five discrete learning activities. Each is designed to take at least a few minutes, and together they should take up (depending on how you structure your class time) one or two 45-minute class sessions.
- Read and discuss the story "The Bride's Hairpin."
- Discuss the meaning of the story.
- Unpacking the story. Look and learn with Jewish texts having to do with tzedakah, in hevruta.
- Unpack the "punchline," Tzedakah saves from death, by analyzing a few interpretations of its meaning.
- Finishing up. Discuss students' own interpretations of the story's message.
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