Jewish Time Jump: Contemporary Labor Issues (Module #4)
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Jewish Time Jump: Contemporary Labor Issues (Module #4)

grades:  Middle School (6-8) 

Lesson Summary:

The Jewish Time Jump: New York lesson plans were created by Jewish Women s Archive in partnership with ConverJent: Games for Learning. There are four modular lesson plans for 5-7 grade that can be used on their own, or in conjunction with the place-based augmented reality game Jewish Time Jump: New York which is currently available on iPhone and iPad.

The four lessons include:
The Immigrant Experience in NYC, 1880-1920 (Module #1)
Strikes and Unions (Module #2)
Judaism, Text Study, and Labor (Module #3)
Contemporary Labor Issues (Module #4)

In this module, students will examine modern labor justice issues to allow students to consider their own stance on events like the 2013 collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh or the reports of poor working conditions in Chinese factories that produce iPhones and iPads.

Enduring Understandings:

1. Jews are present on all sides of the struggle for labor justice.
2. As employers, employees, and consumers, we are all engaged in labor relations and share responsibility for shaping labor practices.
3. Guidelines about work and the responsibilities of employees, and employers found in traditional Jewish texts continue to serve us in the contemporary Jewish world.

Essential Questions:

1. How are labor struggles of the past similar to contemporary labor struggles and how are they different?
2. How do Jewish texts and history teach us to respond to contemporary labor issues as employers, employees, and consumers?

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

Materials and resourcesmore


(accessible via link below, in "procedure" section)

  • Self Check-in Worksheet
  • Word Web Worksheet
  • Being an Agent of Change Worksheet
  • Investigative Interviews Worksheet
  • copies of articles for document study 
  • white board or butcher paper
  • pens/pencils
  • paper
  • laptops/computers/tablets


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Music Connectionsmore

Evidence of Learningmore

• Students will know and be able to identify the three main players in labor relations (workers, employers, and consumers).
• Students will be able to make connections between anecdotes or ideas from previously studied historical texts/stories and the contemporary events described in the articles.
• Students will be able to articulate questions or ideas about Jews role/responsibility in creating a world where goods are produced in a just manner.


Lesson Contributors

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