• Navi – Mr. Shavit Hakimi – 2008/9 Middle School Judaic Curriculum Overview 5th grade Our study of Navi begins with Bnai Yisrael settling into homes in their newly conquered land. The “Shoftim”, judges are the newly appointed leaders of the nation, hence the name of our Navi, Sefer Shoftim, the Book of Judges. We sill study the trials and tribulations of each judge as they guide the Jewish people on the right track. Among the Shoftim that we will be learning about are Deborah, the only female judge in the Torah, and Shimshon, the strongest of all men. In Navi class we will be focusing on: 1. Reading the pesukim correctly. 2. Translating the difficult words and passages. 3. Learning about the lives and outstanding character of each judge. We will be using a Navi workbook by Dr. Shachar Yanai. We will be doing the workbook primarily in class, but it may be sent home on occasion. 6th/7th grade This year the 6th grade will continue to study the book of Shoftim (Judges) that we started last year, and after they will start the first Book of Samuel. The prophet Shmuel is known as the “master of the prophets”. He also judged and led the Children of Israel for 13 years. During Navi class we will be focusing on the following: • The basic story of the Navi • Translation of the basic text • The different approaches of Rashi and additional commentaries to the text • Lessons and morals that can be derived from the actions of the characters in the Navi At the start of each new chapter, the students will receive a comprehensive outline, on which they are required to take notes during class. This packet will also include worksheets on the material being covered. We will be working on these sheets during class. Additional work from the packet may be given as homework. There will be a test at the completion of each chapter. The test will be made up of questions covered in the review packet. The students will be graded based on: tests/quizzes, homework assignments, active participation, and any additional projects that may be assigned. 7th, 8th grade This year we are going to learn the second book of Shmoel. The goal is that every student will know the stories and understand the main ideas of every chapter. In each lesson I will introduce a lot of Midrashim, Rashi, Iben-Ezra, History and more. Homework Each student is required to copy down the homework from the board into their homework and their planners. Homework is given for the purpose of reviewing what we have covered in class. On occasion there may be a question that requires reasoning that is only meant to encourage critical thinking of the work that was presented in the classroom. Grading is based on the following: Exams and quizzes 55% Homework 10% Conduct and class participation 30% Responsibility – attending class with the supplies 5%. Your comments and questions are extremely important to me. Please feel free to visit the classroom. You are always welcome. I can be reached at home: 726-1224, or at school 251-1261. Feel free to call me at any time. Thank you, Mr. Shavit Hakimi