In 2002, Israel decided to build a “security fence” in the West Bank.
What is the fence?
In fact, it’s part-wall, part-fence. Most of its 440-mile length is made up of a concrete base, topped by five metres of wire. Ditches and rolls of barbed wire are on either side of the fence.
Why is Israel building it? It says the fence will stop Palestinian would-be suicide bombers from entering Israel and attacking Israeli people.
What are the main objections to the fence? Palestinian land has been taken away to build the fence and hundreds of Palestinians have been cut off from their land, schools or places of work.
What does Israel say about the fence? It says the fence is purely for security and that it is temporary. It says it has nothing to do with a future border and there’s nothing to stop the fence being removed once the two sides agree who’s having what land.
What does the United Nations think about the fence? It’s not happy. It’s issued a report saying the fence is not a good idea and that it is illegal.
Check out this webpages: Israel & Palestine There is a guide to understand this conflict. Take a close look at it and take notes of anything that you believe important in your folder. (we’ll discuss this later next class)
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You can also ask your parents for help. They can probably explain the conflict to you. Anyway, we’ll talk about this on Wednesday!!
King Edward lll of England (called “The Confessor” because he built Westminster Abbey) died on January 5, 1066, after a reign of 23 years. Leaving no heirs, Edward’s passing ignited a three-way rivalry for the crown that culminated in the Battle of Hastings and the destruction of the Anglo-Saxon rule of England.
Vikings are often portrayed as bloodthirsty raiders, but they were more than that: they were also seafaring explorers and traders with their own cultural traditions.
Viking trade routes extended from Northern Europe all the way down to the city of Constantinople, where they traded slaves and amber for silk and spices. They also brought furs and walrus tusks (ivory) from Greenland to the towns of Europe.
In fact, archeologists have found numerous Arab coins in Viking graves scattered around Europe, which shows the extent of the Vikings’ trade network.
When Vikings weren’t trading, they were telling stories called sagas around the fire. A saga is a long story about the life of a great hero.
Along with their sagas, the Vikings also had their own mythology. The English words for the days Tuesday to Friday come from Norse* mythology. Thursday for example means Thor’s Day. Thor was the Norse god of thunder.
500 years before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean, Viking explorers had already reached the eastern coast of North America. The most famous of these Viking explorers are Erik the Red and his son Leif Erikson*.
Erik the Red’s story began when he was banished from Iceland for killing his neighbor. He was told to leave Iceland for 3 years. Erik had heard of a mysterious land discovered by another Viking named Gunnbjorn when his ship was blown off course in a storm.
In 982, Erik found the mysterious island and called it Greenland. After three years, he went back to Iceland and convinced other people to follow him to Greenland where they started two colonies. In these colonies, the Vikings built farms and even hunted up around the Arctic Circle. These colonies lasted for around 500 years.
Using Greenland as a base, Erik the Red’s son, Leif Erikson explored even farther to a land he called Vinland, which was on the coast of Canada.
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You’ll need all this information to work on the jamboard.
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Personification is a form of figurative language in which something that is not human is given human characteristics. This device is often used in poetry to enhance the meaning and beauty of poems and in stories and novels, too.
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Watch the following video which contains a poem by Emily Dickinson