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Afghanistan: 12 Years Of Violence
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.
Afghanistan: People, Places and Politics
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.
Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: Model Summit
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.
Living Through a Drought: Weather, Geography, Afghanistan, Maps
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.
Life in Afghanistan: War, Insecurity, Poverty, and Corruption
Students 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." Students respond to discussion questions and may conduct further inquiry activities from the listed student inquiry suggestions.
The Women of Afghanistan
Learners 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.
What is life like for a teen in Afghanistan today?
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.
Afghanistan: Its People, Places And Culture
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.
Historical Perspectives: Coming Home from War
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells the story of Maine Troop Greeters, and read excerpts from “Soldiers Coming Home,” and “Homecoming” in preparation for a group research project about the experiences of these soldiers. Resource links, extensions, and adaptations are provided.
Graphic Novel Writing Workshop
Khaled Hosseini’s video “Using Real People and Events” motivates learners to reflect on their own experiences and to use those experiences as the basis of a graphic novel that expresses a universal truth. The richly detailed plan includes background information, step-by-step instructions, links to a free comic-making tool, and discussion questions. Could be used as part of a study of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or in conjunction with a reading of The Kite Runner.
Close Reading of Nasreen's Secret School: How Do People Access Books in Afghanistan?
Third graders continue to practice the close reading skills of capturing the gist and reading again for important details in the sixth activity in a larger unit. This is a great beginning-of-the-year unit for establishing visible thinking routines and norms in the classroom. Using the realistic and emotionally moving story Nasreen's Secret School, learners independently practice the technique of using sticky notes to record vocabulary words and collect important details about the main message of the text. Learners then transition to a whole-class circle activity with their notes, and create a classroom anchor reading chart to highlight patterns in the details. An assessment chart is provided for teachers to complete a mid-unit assessment of speaking and listening skills.
AN INTRODUCTION TO AFGHANISTAN
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.
NATO in Afghanistan – European and Canadian Positions
Students take a closer look at Canada's committment to NATO in Afghanistan. In this global issues lesson, students read a handout about NATO's involvement the Afghanistan conflict. Students respond to discussion questions and conduct further research on the topic.
The U.S. in Afghanistan: Analyzing Political Cartoons
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.
Women in Afghanistan
Learners 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.
Armadillo: Reporting on War
Point of view is everything, especially when reporting about the war in Afghanistan. Class members compare and contrast the same event from the war in Afghanistan as reported by five different sources. Learners are also asked to rank the reliability of various sources. Preview the powerful and thought-provoking materials before deciding whether or not to use with your class.
Tillya Tepe Gold Ornaments and Accessories
Children of all ages consider the cultural, social, and economic implications of artifacts found along the Silk Road. They'll examine and discuss a Tillya Tepe ornament made in ancient Afghanistan. After fully analyzing the ornament's artistic and cultural implications, they will make one of their own.
Continued Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Comparing and Contrasting the Children in Colombia, Appalachia, Chad, and Afghanistan
Focus on similarities and differences with a jigsaw activity that requires pupils to compare Waiting for the Biblioburro to other texts they have read. To prepare, class members first respond to text-dependent questions, moving on to fill out a graphic organizer in small groups, after they have discussed the answers to the questions. A strong continuation of this unit.
Alliance or Compliance?
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.
A New NATO?
Students read and interpret NATO's mission statement. After reading an article, they discover incidents in which NATO has deviated from their original purpose. In groups, they research the opinions of the countries of NATO. They write an essay to reflect on their support of NATO's new role in peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan.