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Study opposing viewpoints with this lesson, which examines President Bush's September 2004 address at the United Nations. Middle schoolers study the text of the address, and then stage formal debates arguing for or against the reasons to go to war in Iraq, as well as the outcomes of the president's decisions. Though dated, this lesson could be interesting to do as a way to examine the predicted effects of the military action, in contrast to what actually happened.
Though the discrete content here is a pair of New York Times articles about a 1998 military strike on Iraq and the coincident impeachment by the House of Representatives of then-President Clinton, this detailed plan for creating, conducting, and analyzing a survey based on related news stories could apply to any relevant nonfiction texts. From these texts, though, readers might make thought-provoking connections to current events in the Middle East.
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 plan, 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 discuss the war in Iraq, Adam Michnik's essay "We, the Traitors," and the notion that we bear a collective responsibility to rise up against oppression, within a modern geo-political context. They each write a research report on a highly political figure or event.
Students participate in a service-learning project pertaining to the war in Iraq. In this service-learning instructional activity, 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.