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Students analyze the main themes of President Bush's UN Speech and discussion of the NewsHour report on the Iraq Debate. In this debate lesson, students answer pre-listening questions and view a transcript of the speech. In groups of two or three they take the side of a member of the UN or the National Security Council. Students also create synonyms for the terms used and create sentences using the terms correctly.
Students examine the historic Shia-Sunni conflict to assess its present-day status in Iraq and determine how it might play out in postwar Iraq. In this World History lesson, students research the factors that contribute to the current schism between the two groups in Iraq. Students predict the status of the Shia-Sunni relationship in postwar Iraq.
Pupils participate in a service-learning project pertaining to the war in Iraq. In this service-learning lesson, students participate in up to 12 activities that require them to collaborate and discover facts regarding the war in Iraq. The Middle East-themed activities require them to hold teach-ins, hold town hall meetings, conduct surveys, provide humanitarian aid, form media watches, and write plays.
Take your class through a moment in modern history in this presentation, which details the rise of Saddam Hussein and the dynamics between Iraq and its neighbors during the Persian Gulf War and the current Iraq war. Though slightly outdated (the slides end in 2005, before Hussein was executed), this is nonetheless an interesting and engaging background for a lesson on Iraq's tumultuous relationship with its own citizens and with the American government.
Have your class discuss the problems faced by those in war-torn nations using this resource about a librarian in Iraq. After reading Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq, learners answer cause and effect questions, summarize the story, and discuss the author's purpose and point of view. In addition to practicing these reading skills, your learners might gain some cultural sensitivity, too!
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.
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson plan. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images of Iraq, specifically those images portraying community hubs. Kids then create photo journals describing the community hubs in their neighborhoods and compare them to the hubs in Iraq.
Students read an article about the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq. As a class, they participate in a mock trial in which they decide if it is necessary to build schools in the war-torn country. Individually, they role play the role of an Iraqi militant in which they write an editorial in which they consider the building of schools as propaganda. As a class, they discuss what might happen if the soldiers are not paid for their service.