The overall goal is to provide an opportunity for general audiences (including teenagers and adults) to explore the human dimensions of the conflict in the Middle East and the passing of values and stereotypes from one generation to the next. In addition, the film is a timely, effective catalyst for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, providing a springboard to talk about the events of September 11, 2001, and their immediate aftermath constructively.
The target audiences are teachers and students in grades 7-12 and the general public in a wide range of community settings, including religious institutions, peace and social justice organizations, news organizations, study circles, colleges, and organizations that promote education and learning.
The Promises lesson unit addresses a wide range of national content standards for grades 7-12. The standards, from McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning), represent a synthesis of over 137 significant documents for a wide range of subject areas and content with the goal of creating a useful, comprehensive set of statements concerning what students should know and be able to do. The following standards are covered:
- History -- Historical Understanding
- Behavioral Studies
- Language Arts -- Listening and Speaking, Viewing
- Life Skills -- Thinking and Reasoning.
For more information on the McREL compilation of standards, call (303) 337-0990 or go to: www.mcrel.org/compendium/browse.asp.