February 25

Grade 7: Pirkei Avot

This week the students have been diving into the first chapter of Pirkei Avot. We looked through the first five verses of chapter one together. We reviewed the benefits of annotating the text as we read. Additionally, students were encouraged to read and analyze both the Hebrew and English text. As we came across unfamiliar terms, students looked up words in an attempt to uncover their meaning and better understand each lesson. We discussed the value in developing our own interpretations of each text. Students are being asked to create connections between these texts and their own lives. Each student has received a source packet that contains the verses in both Hebrew and English. We have also been using the The Illustrated Pirkei Avot as an additional resource. Our sessions thus far have lead to fantastic questions and interpretations.


  • Each student will read Pirkei Avot Chapter 1 individually (Pg. 1-5)
      • As you are reading…feel free to look at the corresponding cartoon images to provide clarity 
  • Decide which two verses (lessons) you believe are most important 
  • Write two paragraphs explaining their importance and the lesson that you learned from contemplating these texts


Click here to access our classroom notes:

Pirkei Avot Google Slides

Pirkei Avot Ch. 1 (Hebrew and English)


Posted February 25, 2020 by mwasherstein in category Grade 7 - Mr. Washerstein

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