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Simulation on the Conflict over Palestine
Unformatted Document Text:  Conflict in Palestine/7  Know your presentation well enough that you can make eye contact with the audience, rather than clinging to your notes.    Be prepared to respond to your classmates’ questions and challenges.  Organize Your Thoughts (and Notes). Again, determine what you want to convey to the class and how you want to say it.  I recommend organizing your presentation around your central point and two to four sub­points.  Like a good paper, a good presentation has a clear thesis, an introduction that draws people in and sets out the points you will develop, a body in which you develop these points, and a conclusion that brings together your points and summarizes your argument.  Frame your presentation with a strong introduction and conclusion.    Focus your presentation.  Don’t try to cover too much.  Use relevant stories and/or events to help make your points.  Practice, Practice, Practice. Practice is the best way to overcome some common problems of public speaking:  excessive nervousness, too many “ums” or “okays,” and misjudging the length of the presentation.  Practice your presentation at least three times in front of a mirror, friend, or a kind soul at the Speaking Center.  Work out any possible glitches or awkward transitions between thoughts.  Practice pronouncing names.  Practice enough that you aren’t glued to your notes.    Do enough “dry runs” that you’re sure about the timing/length of your presentation.  You have  10­12 minutes to set out your perspective and position.  Use your time wisely and well.  Remember to maintain eye contact and an appropriate volume and pace.  Get into the role you’re playing. You don’t have to act like, say, Ehud Olmert, but I will expect you to represent his position as accurately as possible.  You may want to dress up and even to ham it up a bit – but just a bit.  These negotiations are serious business.    Work to your strengths. Be human, experiment (and be willing to make small mistakes), and enjoy giving your presentation. You will be graded on the quality of your participation.  This includes your formal presentation, the questions you raise and the answers you provide during Q & A times, and your active and constructive engagement on Day 3.  (I strongly encourage interaction/negotiation outside of class, too.)  I will have you do self­evaluations as well as evaluations of your classmates’ participation. 9. Final Paper – Organize your final project around a thesis or argument. You might, for instance, analyze your position in the simulation and what that means for the prospects for peace. Or, consider the primary road blocks on the “road map” to a settlement. Alternatively, determine whether the conflict over Palestine is rightfully called a “religious

Authors: Barrow, Lynda.
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Conflict in Palestine/7
Know your presentation well enough that you can make eye contact with the audience, rather 
than clinging to your notes.  
Be prepared to respond to your classmates’ questions and challenges.
Organize Your Thoughts (and Notes). Again, determine what you want to convey to the class and 
how you want to say it.  I recommend organizing your presentation around your central point and 
two to four sub­points.  Like a good paper, a good presentation has a clear thesis, an introduction 
that draws people in and sets out the points you will develop, a body in which you develop these 
points, and a conclusion that brings together your points and summarizes your argument.
Frame your presentation with a strong introduction and conclusion.  
Focus your presentation.  Don’t try to cover too much.
Use relevant stories and/or events to help make your points.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Practice is the best way to overcome some common problems of 
public speaking:  excessive nervousness, too many “ums” or “okays,” and misjudging the length of 
the presentation.  Practice your presentation at least three times in front of a mirror, friend, or a kind 
soul at the Speaking Center.  Work out any possible glitches or awkward transitions between 
thoughts.  Practice pronouncing names.  Practice enough that you aren’t glued to your notes.  
Do enough “dry runs” that you’re sure about the timing/length of your presentation.  You have 
10­12 minutes to set out your perspective and position.  Use your time wisely and well.
Remember to maintain eye contact and an appropriate volume and pace.
Get into the role you’re playing. You don’t have to act like, say, Ehud Olmert, but I will expect you 
to represent his position as accurately as possible.  You may want to dress up and even to ham it 
up a bit – but just a bit.  These negotiations are serious business.  
Work to your strengths. Be human, experiment (and be willing to make small mistakes), and enjoy 
giving your presentation.
You will be graded on the quality of your participation.  This includes your formal presentation, the 
questions you raise and the answers you provide during Q & A times, and your active and constructive 
engagement on Day 3.  (I strongly encourage interaction/negotiation outside of class, too.)  I will have 
you do self­evaluations as well as evaluations of your classmates’ participation.
9.
Final Paper – Organize your final project around a thesis or argument. You might, for
instance, analyze your position in the simulation and what that means for the prospects for
peace. Or, consider the primary road blocks on the “road map” to a settlement.
Alternatively, determine whether the conflict over Palestine is rightfully called a “religious


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