A Kingdom Divided – The Fall of Israel


The early kingdoms of ancient Israel were unstable at best and completely dysfunctional at worst. Following the rule of King Solomon, an era of unparalleled peace and prosperity, the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah represent a rocky time in Jewish history. What lessons can we learn from their mistakes, triumphs, arguments and ultimate survival? Thought provoking  discussion triggers and creative learning activities, such as reenacting a debate among the tribes as to the pros and cons of creating a separate kingdom in the north, are included in this resource.

Lesson Attachments​

The learners will: 

  1. understand the complexities of uniting a tribal society under the leadership of one monarch.

  2. know some of the key figures and events that shaped and impacted the Jewish nation during the era of the first Temple.

  3. be able to advocate for their perspective as to how an ideal society should be structured, while acknowledging  other perspectives as well.

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Computer, projector

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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