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Lesson: Michael Blum: National Identity at a Distance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Immigration, refugees, and cultural change due to the movement of people around the globe is discussed. Learners examine the work of Michael Blum to gain an understanding of how national and cultural identities shift due to immigration....
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Nationalism in North Africa and the Middle East

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Africa and the Middle East are the focus of this Social Studies PowerPoint. After viewing many slides that are packed with historical facts, viewers answer questions such as, "How was the struggle for independence in Algeria different...
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Six Day War

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Learn about the diverse perspectives involved in the Six Day War by having learners examine and annotate presidential speeches given by the three nations—Egypt, Israel, and the United States—at the heart of the conflict and producing...
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University of Chicago

Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose...
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University of Chicago

Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list...
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Iran Hostage Crisis: Reading Primary Documents

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Following brief instruction about the Iran Hostage Crisis during Jimmy Carter's presidency, small groups read three-page sections from the diary of hostage Robert C. Ode. They write editorials from the perspective of either U.S. citizens...
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For The Sake Of Security: U.S.A. Patriot Act & Bill of Rights

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A substantive New York Times article about the U.S.A. Patriot Act, military tribunals, racial profiling, and the Bill of Rights forms the basis for a discussion of the complex interplay of fundamental American rights and the aftermath of...
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Desert Fever: A Student-Centered Approach to Learning About the Middle East

For Teachers 4th
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,...
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Peace in the Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners study a region. In this history activity, students discover how different people and events have affected the Middle East in its efforts to be a peaceful area. They work in small groups on an assigned topic and present their...
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Geography of Mesopotamia

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students write a letter.  In this irrigation lesson, students review how humans and the environment can interact with each other, learn new vocabulary words having to do with Mesopotamia, learn about irrigation and view maps of...
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The Geography of the Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Topographic, political, and satellite maps establish the world of the Middle East for your class- a land about which they have heard quite a lot, but might not really understand. This presentation would be a good introduction into a unit...
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New Nations, New Problems: 1914-1922

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Take a moment between your World War I and World War II units for this presentation, which focuses on the territorial implications and changes after the end of World War I. Your class will appreciate the radical loss of land and power of...
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University of Chicago

Addressing Stereotypes

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
How is a stereotype defined, and what are some mechanisms we can use to combat negative stereotyping? Your young historians will discuss how and why stereotyping occurs, as well as consider the roots of modern conceptions of the Middle...
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Foreign Policy Research Institute

Islam: A Bottom-Up Approach

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Islam is often discussed socio-politically rather than spiritually. Here, students read about this religion from primary and secondary sources including the Quran and a world religions book. They learn key terms in the context of the...
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Foreign Policy Research Institute

What is Islam and What are the Root Causes of Muslim Anger with the West?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A video and magazine article provide the foundation for learning about Islam and why some Muslims are angry with Western society. In groups, learners identify the causes of hostility and prepare a presentation that explains them. While...
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Making Sense of Islam

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils examine the role of the Islamic religion in the Middle East and around the world. They determine that Muslims believe that Islam is a way of life and analyze information on Islamic movements to create both a written and oral report.
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Geography A to Z: The Letter S

For Students 6th - 8th
The letter S is the clue learners need to answer each of the seven geography questions on the worksheet. They answer questions about African, Canadian, Middle Eastern, and US geography using locations that begin with the letter S.
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The Magic Apple

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders assimilate information about the origins and purpose of folktales as stories that informed and entertained people around the world. They determine how and why the folktales were handed down and how they changed from...
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Protests, Revolutions, and Democratic Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. In this global issues lesson, students view video clips, conduct group research, and present their findings in group presentations about the unrest in Algeria, Bahrain,...
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The Road Map & the Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Will walls help? Read to learn how Prime Minister Ariel Sharon proposes to build walls around Isreal in hopes of isolation from Palestine. Complete an online Webquest, analyze maps, listen to audio clips, answer discussion questions, and...
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Fascinating Figures: The Middle East from the 20th Century to Present

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the leaders of the Middle East. For this Middle East lesson, students read biographies regarding featured twentieth century leaders of Egypt, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen. Students...
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Middle East Lesson Plan

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explain the position of both the Arab and the Jewish populations of the Middle East. They use this information to develop United Nations proposals to end this conflict.
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The Ancient Middle East

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Persian Empire with this presentation. Focusing on the militaristic and philosophical pursuits of the kingdom, the slides include photographs and maps to bring new life to Persepolis.
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The Brief American Pageant: The Resurgence of Conservatism

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Take a short trip back in time with this presentation, which details the political and electoral contexts of 1980's and 1990's America. Covering the Gulf War as well as domestic economics, these slides feature easy-to-read charts and...