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High schoolers examine Afghanistan's contemporary history. In this global issues instructional activity, 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.
Learners 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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
High schoolers 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 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.
High schoolers take a closer look at the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. In this global issues lesson, students analyze political cartoons related to the War on Terror. High schoolers discuss their impressions of the war and then create their own political cartoons based on the situation.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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. 
Third graders continue to practice the close reading skills of capturing the gist and reading again for important details in the sixth lesson 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.  
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.
Students explore the conditions that soldiers in conflict bear. In this war lesson plan, students analyze a photograph of an American soldier in Afghanistan. Students discuss the power of images as well as the effects of exhaustion.
In this Social Studies worksheet, students can find the words related to the cities of Afghanistan. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.