Unlike Torah scrolls, Megillot are often illustrated with traditional decorations and drawings of the events. How do these illustrations enhance one’s appreciation for and understanding of the Megillah? What do the graphics teach about the time and place the scrolls were created? In this resource, learners will analyze a collection of illustrated Megillot from different time periods and places in history, and discuss the added value and insights the drawings provide. In addition, students will design their own megillot and make the Purim story come alive with their own interpretations.
The learners will:
understand the contributions of design and illustration to the words with which a story is recorded.
know specific examples of illustrated megillot that tell the readers about the time and place they were created, that go beyond the words of the megillah.
be able to design their own “modern day” illuminated Megillot
About the National Library and its educational materials:
The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.
The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.
When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:
A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the primary sources featured in the resource.
The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources
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