The overall goals of the History curriculum include knowing the major events in Jewish and world history, understanding and identifying the historical processes that occurred in these events, and analyzing the interconnection between Jewish and world history.
Two Bagrut units are covered, on exam is held in Grade 10 and the other in Grade 11 or 12.
The curriculum is divided into two parts: A. Modern Jewish History and B. the Second Temple period. Unit A on Modern Jewish History covers the period between 1860-1918. We will review the Pre-Zionist era in Eretz Yisrael (the “Old Yishuv”), the development of the Zionist Movement and the situation in other parts of the Jewish world in the Modern Age, major developments and events in world history during this period, and basic concepts relating to World War I.
Part B will survey the Second Temple period from 67 BCE to 138 CE. We will review the events leading to the occupation of Judea by the Romans to the Bar Kochva rebellion, to the final destruction of the Judean remnants to their final expulsion by the Romans.
Classroom Expectations: Students are expected to attend every lesson and participate in all classroom activities and discussions. Assignments must be completed in English and Hebrew, as assigned. Tests and quizzes will be assigned throughout the year to prepare the students for the Bagrut exam at year’s end.
Grade 11 or 12
The curriculum includes modern Jewish and world history from the end of WW I to the Six Day War, 1919 – 1967. This material is divided into two parts: Part I includes the development of the Zionist movement leading to the creation of the State of Israel and concluding with a survey of the first two decades of the State. These developments will be presented in the context of world history and its impact on the Jewish world. Part I accounts for 58% of the final mark (ציון שנתי). A Bagrut exam on this material follows at the end of the year.
Part 2 of the course covers the Holocaust and World War II. Students will prepare a research paper on a Holocaust-related topic in Hebrew or English. In addition, there will be a final exam on this Part to be marked by the teacher. The final exam, together with the research paper will account for 42% of the final mark (ציון שנתי).
Classroom Expectations: Students are expected to attend every lesson and participate in all classroom activities and discussions. Assignments must be completed in English and Hebrew, as assigned. Tests and quizzes will be assigned throughout the year to prepare the students for the Bagrut exam. Students must complete the research paper on a Holocaust-related topic and the Internal Exam on this period.