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Learners explore many of the countries in the Middle East, developing research-based posters and a spider web illustrating the relationships among the countries. They write letters to fictional peers in Middle Eastern countries.
How do major religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, differ in how they view the role of individual freedoms within society, the definition of morality, and the importance of politically satisfying the greater good? Here is a fantastic lesson on how religion plays a role in multicultural societies, and where conflicts are likely to arise as a result of fundamental beliefs.
Explore the exciting and diverse geography, people, history, governments, and economies of the Middle East. Curious minds develop a basic vocabulary of Arabic terms and work with various materials to create an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-understand board game for their own use (and for use by their peers).
Young scholars examine how the countries of the Middle East were created. They explore the influence of various political and geographic factors in their creation. They list the things they should consider in deciding how to draw new borders in the Middle East.
Students complete activities to study the traveling Jewish theatre and the ideas of tolerance. In this theatre study instructional activity, students read information about the Traveling Jewish Theatre and learn about the project to unit artists from the US and the Middle East, Jews and Muslims, and Israelis and Palestinians. Students complete several activities to learn how theatre can help students explore important social issues.
Ninth graders investigate the original mandates of the League of Nations regarding the Middle East. They listen to a lecture/PowerPoint presentation on the end of the mandate system, and complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that corresponds with the lecture.
Provide your class with a context and series of events that has led to the conflict in the Middle East. They read 4 separate passages and answer 1 critical thinking question for each. Four more questions are posed at the bottom of the page. They could be used for homework or early finishers.
Students research historical and religious significance of the sites toured by Pope John Paul II on his pilgrimage to the Middle East and create travel brochures for each site.
Learners show their knowledge of current events in the Middle East by predicting the outcome of peace talks. After reading an article, they analyze the history of the area. As a class, they develop a "Peace Process" board game showing the positive and negative events on the road to peace in that region. They share the game with family and record their reactions to it.
Students explore current social issues in the Middle East to create their own student television programs for Palestinian and Israeli Students.
High schoolers are divided into debate teams and research varying viewpoints from both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. They organize their argumetns and participate in a debate on the subject.
Seventh graders examine the Crusades. In this Middle East history lesson, 7th graders research the series of religious wars. Students compare the culture of the Europe and the Middle East before and after the wars and then compose essays regarding their research findings.
Students examine the roles of different leaders in the Middle East, the United Nations Security Proposal 242 and recognition of Israel by its Arab neighbors, and then debate the current Saudi proposal for peace in the Middle East.
Learners study primary source document that describe the beginnings of the Middle East conflict. They survey the connections that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have to Israel.
The distinction between Shiite and Sunni Muslims is an often misunderstood concept, yet very important for its implications in global affairs and for a more comprehensive understanding of the religion of Islam.
Tenth graders develop an understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict. They describe how each side has a valid claim to the Holy Land. They familiarize themselves with the challenges of settling this issue.
Draw on what learners know about conflict resolution and the situation in the Middle East to build understanding of the Camp David summit meeting beginning on July 11, 2000. They develop an understanding of the functions of summit meetings and the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
Students evaluate different religions related to Israel and analyze why the Middle East conflict began and still continues today.  In this religious studies lesson students discuss religion and explain why groups sometimes turn to terrorism tactics. 
Students use conflicts in the Middle East to explore tactics of conflict resolution.
In this religious Crusades worksheet, students respond to 2 questions that require them to write paragraphs about the effects of the Crusades. Students also examine a map of the wars and respond to short answer questions.

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