Mrs. Katz and Tush explores Judaism and Diverse Relationships
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Mrs. Katz and Tush explores Judaism and Diverse Relationships

Book Title: Mrs. Katz and Tush

Author: Patricia Polacco

Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

Book Summary:

A story of an intergenerational friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and her neighbor, a young African-American boy. On their visits together, they talk about many things. They share food, holidays (including a Passover Seder), as well as the history of their people who have faced both discrimination and slavery.

Topic(s) Addressed:

This lesson, created by the ADL is not intended exclusively for Jewish students, so Jewish educators will need to adapt instructions to meet the needs of their learning environment. The lesson highlights the importance of learning about others to appreciate what each individual and their heritage can offer.

"The purpose of this lesson is to provide a basic understanding of U.S. Jews and Judaism. Using the children’s book Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco and applying research, teamwork, and presentation skills, students will be introduced to the cultural, historical and religious aspects of the Jewish community. By acquiring a basic understanding of Judaism and the Jewish community, students will be able to speak knowledgeably about the religion and the community and respond to any stereotypes about Jews that may hear using facts they learned."

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

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Sharing The Storymore


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