Life of Yitzhak Rabin – Analyzing a Poster


On November 4, 1995 Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. What do you know about Yitzhak Rabin? What were some of his greatest accomplishments? In this resource, learners will  analyze a poster released by the Ministry of Education after his death. The poster is composed of 15 photographs, each depicting an aspect or event in his life. Students will learn about Rabin’s life story while also using it as a springboard to research another Israeli leader and create a similar photographic poster for that leader.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. understand how Rabin’s life story sheds light on the state of Israel’s story

  2. know the timeline of key events in Rabin’s life and the different achievement for which he is known

be able to conduct research about the life of an Israeli leader, current or past and create a photographic poster that captures the key events and achievements of that person’s life

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:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.

  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


Student handouts, computer, projector

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