Timeline of Events:

Preparation/Research Wednesday class /Wednesday night
After selecting a role, begin to complete the research organizer from your assigned perspective. Using articles and speeches your character has given in real life, gather quotes and paraphrased statements about their individual beliefs surrounding key issues at the heart of the conflict. This will give you a well-rounded idea of where your character stands in the debate.

Drafting Your Speech Thursday class thru Friday on own
You will prepare an opening statement which addresses the entire conference and provides a general overview of your point of view and what you hope to accomplish during these talks. Your speech should be two to three minutes in length and it should refer to important documents in the peace process, both current and historic. It should be conscious of current news. Attempt to integrate quotes you find while researching and remember to cite your sources in-text whenever you make an important point or reference a direct quote. Your final speech with extensive works cited and consulted pages must be posted to turnitin.com by 11:59 pm Monday night!

Resolution and Partition Plans Tuesday class
A resolution is a motion which expresses a group's formal opinions or sentiments. You will, either individually or with a group of people who share similar ideas, put forth a resolution for peace. The organizer will direct you to first, identify 2-4 "whereas" clauses which are general statements that outline the reasons for the resolution. You will then draft a clear and concise "resolved" clause, or what you want to see happen. You must also include your proposed partition plan, a blank map has been provided for you to outline the future Palestinian state you’d like to see. Draw your boundaries based on statements your character has made and agreements they have signed.

The UN Secretary General and his team are responsible for developing a resolution which incorporates the major concessions they believe integral to Middle East peace.

Peace Conference Simulation Day 1 - Presentation of Speeches Tuesday class/Wednesday (depending)
You must come dressed to represent your role. Since it is A block, be prepared to begin at the bell. You may read from your speech, but be loud, proud, assertive, and character appropriate! During the talks, you will be responsible for listening to the presentations of all parties, taking notes (the organizer will be collected), and for responding to the remarks of the other parties in an open panel discussion.

Following the talks you will review the proposed resolutions and we will create a speakers list for Day 2 discussions. Seek 2-3 parties to speak in favor of your resolution. Look for 2-3 resolutions that you would support. It is often a give and take process, but make sure your character would support all parts of the resolution.

Day 1 Homework: Tuesday night
Put together note cards with direct quotes or statements you’ve made that address each of the major issues being presented in resolutions you’ve signed up to speak for or against. You need evidence to support your arguments (either pro or con) during Day 2 discussions.

Peace Conference Simulation Day 2 – Open Discussion Wednesday class
Again, you must come dressed to represent your role. Be prepared to present your resolution in the UN open forum led by Ban Ki-Moon. We will hear arguments from those who signed up on the speakers list, both pro and con, and then we will have time to amend or change proposed resolutions. Then you will evaluate which resolutions you could/would support and cast votes. Be prepared to defend the resolutions you have signed and attack those you are against. We will close the day with a debriefing.





Step 1: Preparation/Research**
Be prepared to answer these Essential Questions from your assigned perspective before you come to the table! (You may want to print this organizerto help you record your notes.)
    • What are the issues that are most important to you?
    • What viewpoints are most in conflict with your point of view?
    • Should there be a Palestinian state and, if so, what should it look like? (Consider size, degree of sovereignty, relationship with Israel)
    • What is your opinion of the Gaza blockade?
    • Should the moratorium on the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank of the River Jordan continue?
    • What compromises are you willing to make?

Step 2: Drafting Your Speech
    • You will have to prepare an opening statement which addresses the essential questions.
    • Your speech should be two to three minutes in length and it should refer to important documents in the peace process, both current and historic.
    • It should be conscious of current news.
    • Be sure to describe your point of view and what you hope to accomplish during these talks.
    • Remember to cite your sources whenever you make an important point or quote. Attempt to integrate quotes you find while researching.
  • Your final speech must be posted to turnitin.com!

Step 3: Writing Your Resolution
A resolution is a motion which expresses a group's formal opinions or sentiments. (You may want to print this organizer as your draft your resolution).
    • Your point of view must put forth a resolution for peace.
    • Identify 2-4 "whereas" clauses which are general statements that outline the reasons for the resolution.
    • Draft a clear and concise "resolved" clause, or what you want to see happen
    • Include your proposed partition plan (map of future Palestinian state)
    • Seek 2-3 parties to speak in favor of your resolution.
    • Look for 2-3 resolutions that you would support. It is often a give and take process.
    • The UN Secretary General and his team are responsible for developing a resolution which incorporates the major concessions they believe integral to Middle East peace

Step 4: Peace Conference Simulation Day 1 - Presentation of Speeches
    • You must come dressed to represent your role.
    • You may read from your speech, but be loud, proud, and assertive!
    • During the talks, you will be responsible for listening to the presentations of all parties, taking notes (they will be collected!), and for responding to the remarks of the other parties in an open panel discussion.
    • Following the talks you will review the speakers list for Day 2 discussions.

Peace Conference Simulation Day 2 - Open Discussion
    • Be prepared to present your resolution in the UN open forum led by Ban Ki-Moon.
    • Find people to speak in support of your resolution.
    • Evaluate which resolutions you could/would support and speak up in favor of them.
    • Be prepared to defend the resolutions you have signed.