Your Four Sons – Explore the Haggadah


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

How would you illustrate a character who wasn’t given a physical description? Despite the fact that the Haggadah does not provide any physical descriptions of the Four Sons, they have been a source of inspiration for illustrators of Haggadot throughout the centuries until today. What is the basis behind the illustrators’ interpretations? In addition to thoughtful discussion prompts such as comparing and contrasting the ways in which the Four Sons are depicted in various Haggadot, learners will have the opportunity to design their own interpretive illustrations of the Four Sons.

The learners will:


  1. understand how different illustrations of the Four Sons impacts one’s opinions about and perceptions of these characters
  2. know what is written about the Four Sons in the Haggadah
  3. be able to create their own versions of the Four Sons (or children) based on the passages in the Haggadah
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.

    Link to the lesson plan:
    Your Four Sons – Explore the Haggadah


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