A way to open up and introduce the framework of 4HQ.
For students you fear have no opinions about Israel whatsoever, this session works equally well if one starts with asking them about their home country instead of Israel
Students will understand that:
Prior to the session print out the 4HQ postcard in Poster size.
Prepare different colored post-it notes.
Hand out 3 post-it notes to each student. Three different colors.
Ask each student to write on
Color #1 – One thing I love about Israel
Color #2 – One thing that frustrates me about Israel
Color #3 – One thing that makes me confused about Israel
Ask the students to write one thing on each post-it note.
Ask them to keep these post-its for later in the lesson.
"So having given a little thought to your relationship to Israel, for the next few minutes, we're going to totally ignore Israel! Instead, I'm going to ask you about the world - without thinking about Israel at all. What is going on in our country, what is going on in the world? Apart from entertainment and sports, what other news or events or situations are you bothered about? What does it seem that most people are bothered about?"
Have pupils shout out stuff, and write it up on the board, taking care to place their shout-outs in the appropriate place - about security/safety? Top left. Peoplehood, collective identity, majority/minority? top right. And so on.
Be sure to clarify what is at the root of a comment. For example, were someone to shout out "Trump", you would need to follow up with questions so as to be specific and so as not to make political assumptions: What about Trump? His style, his policies, the media's treatment of him, Russia, etc? In this way you may draw out several different issues to write on the board, all connected to Trump.
Make sure you are writing the issues in the correct corners of the board. We recommend you practice this!
"It seems like we can roughly, very roughly, begin to recognise four different clusters of concern here."
Draw the dividing lines.
Explain and write in red the titles of the four quadrants:
For a group who might be able to answer, ask them how they think President Obama answered these questions, and how President Trump answers them.
The message: We agree about what we argue over.
"What does this have to do with Israel? We see that we can roughly, very roughly, map four Hebrew words on to these four fundamental questions."
In blue, write up To Be? People? Free? In Our Land?
Then add the Hebrew.
If you feel it is helpful or necessary, here is an explanatory video you could screen if you wanted.
Hand out large print-outs of the 4HQ postcard. Poster-size.
One poster per group.