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High schoolers examine Afghanistan's contemporary history. In this global issues lesson, students research print and Internet sources about the Taliban and their control of the nation. High schoolers share their findings with their classmates.
Students discuss their prior knowledge of Afghanistan. They work together to complete a study guide about Afghanistan's people and places. They present their information to the class.
Students examine the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. They discover the role of religion and cultural identity in the war in Afghanistan. They explore the arguments for and and against the war as well.
Students practice map-reading skills. Using a drought map of Afghanistan from National Geographic's Afghanistan: Land in Crisis site, students study how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live there.
High schoolers examine life war-torn Afghanistan. In this current events lesson, students read the provided articles "Security for the Civilian Population," "Corrup-istan," and "Mothers and Daughters of Afghanistan." High schoolers respond to discussion questions and may conduct further inquiry activities from the listed student inquiry suggestions.

The Women of Afghanistan

11th - Higher Ed
Students examine traditional role of women in Afghanistan, their experiences under rule of Taliban, and their struggle to provide better lives for themselves, their families, and their country in years since 2001. Students then organize and mount Poster Session showcasing their findings as part of Women of Afghanistan Day.
Students examine the economic and political structure of Afghanistan. They compare and contrast the Constitution of Afghanistan to the Constitution of the United States. Using the Internet, newspapers, and other resources, students explore Afghanistan. They examine the typical life of a teenager in this country. Students create a travel diary of their "journey" through Afghanistan.
Students research various aspects of Afghanistan and present a briefing. They plan a pretend class trip to Afghanistan and explain the UN and the function of goodwill ambassadors.
Pupils are introduced to the country of Afghanistan with its unique people, culture, religion and major challenges. They view a powerful PowerPoint presentation on Afghanistan and its place in world history. A wealth of resource links are provided within this lesson.
Students investigate the role and status of women in Afghanistan. They listen to Laura Bush's radio address, complete a Webquest, explore various websites, answer discussion questions, and read newspaper articles about the status of women in the U.S.
Students take a closer look at the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. In this global issues lesson plan, students analyze political cartoons related to the War on Terror. Students discuss their impressions of the war and then create their own political cartoons based on the situation.
Building fluency in reading informational text is part of the common core. Get learners reading information about past and current issues related to the country of Afghanistan. They read the seven paragraph passage, then answer four related comprehension questions. 
Learners explore the conditions that soldiers in conflict bear. In this war lesson, students analyze a photograph of an American soldier in Afghanistan. Learners discuss the power of images as well as the effects of exhaustion.
In this Social Studies activity, students can find the words related to the cities of Afghanistan. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Students examine the relationships between and among powers inside and outside Afghanistan in connection to United States military aggression in the territory. They examine the interaction between the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, Pakistan, etc.
Students discuss the war in Afghanistan and the conditions surrounding the hunt for Osama bin Laden after reading the article "Bin Laden and Omar: Far Harder to Find" from The New York Times. After the class discussion, students research the physical and political geography of countries where terrorist groups are known to exist.
Students complete a Venn diagram comparing the United States and Afghanistan. They research the history of the Taliban and how they relate to the United States and its foreign policy. They write a paper on possible solutions.

Kabul's Troubles

6th - 12th
Students investigate the many political changes that Afghanistan has endured over the past century in order to better assess the impact of the recent fleeing of the Taliban from the capital of Kabul.
Using the article "Escaping Afghanistan: Children Pay Price," discuss the lives of Afghan refugees and the impact of Taliban rule. A detailed list of questions is provided, but you will have to search for the article. Extension activities and interdisciplinary connections are also included. 
Young scholars examine the concept of 'nation building,' focusing on outcomes of U.S. involvement in nation building efforts in Afghanistan, past and present attempts at nation building and how the U.S. should proceed in the war against terrorism.