The Sosland Torah She'b'al Peh Database is designed to provide the teacher with all of the tools necessary to implementa curriculum that is designed to develop skills in studying Rabbinic literature. The primary goal is to "spiral" the student's exposure by repeated use of distinct skills and repeated exposure to the structures of Rabbinic texts, students will develop the skills necessary to interpret unseen texts independently. In order to facilitate this level of student learning, teachers need to be planful, track which kinds of language and repeated structures the students will be seeing throughout the year. This database is designed to assist the teacher keep track of that content.
This database has five main sections.
You are currently looking at the Instructions. Each of the the three main sections (Texts, Glossary, and Teaching) provides a distinct way to access the database. The Genre Map is a graphic tool for describing the different parts of the Rabbinic Library.
Each of the three views of the database includes a search box.
The reason why you initially see 23 out of the 38 texts is that the database includes, in addition to the primary texts in use at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, it also includes all of the texts that those texts cite. Those are the "secondary texts.
The search box is progressive. As you type, the database is immediately filtered. Here, just typing in two letters narrows the selection from 23 down to 12.
By adding in a third letter, the selection from the database is narrowed down to only four items. The other filters are also narrowed down. Among the four texts that have been selected, two are from the unit on speech (in the first half of the year) , and two are from the unit on property (in the last half). You can also see quickly what kinds of documents those four texts are from.
Remember the filter that initially showed only the primary texts. By removing that filter, we now can see that the root שמע appears in 7 of the 38 texts.
You can also filter directly by category. When you click on one of the learning units (which are displayed here in sequence for the year). As soon as you click on a list like this, check-boxes appear.
If you select another checkbox for another learning unit, those would also be displayed. Selecting the first three properties would display any texts that are from Friendship OR Dispute OR Speech. The selected texts in the table to the right appear in the sequence in which they are taught.
One can add other filters to the selection as well. Here, there are only two texts that meet the criterion of being in the Speech unit AND from the Mishnah.
The fourth filter on this page is a tag cloud of technical terms that these texts use. A technical term is a repeated rhetorical formula that structures the way Rabbinic texts express their ideas.
You can select additional tags from the tag cloud by using CTRL and clicking on additional words. Like the other filters, this will select any texts with either the first term OR the second term.