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Making Sense of Islam
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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Vocabulary in Context
The four common types of context clues—examples, synonyms, antonyms, and a general sense of the sentence or passage—are the focus of a resource that provides clear explanations, examples, and opportunities for readers to practice the...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Crusades: Voices and Perspectives
Invite your young historians to discover the distinct perspectives of Muslim, European, Jewish, and Byzantine groups during the Crusades. Class members are divided into groups and are given a packet of handouts, including background...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Forbidden Faces: Effects of Taliban Rule on Women in Afghanistan
The rule of the Taliban and America's war on terror are major issues in today's international affairs. Help acquaint your learners with the Taliban and its rise to power, dispel common misconceptions, and study the effects of their rule...
9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Women and Family in the Islamic World
How does the Qur'an detail the role of women? What modern social issues are linked to Islamic law? Address these questions with your young historians through close analysis of primary and secondary source documents.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Ancient Civilization of Mali
Young scholars explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. For this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations,...
Pre-K - 6th Social Studies & History
Islam in the United States: Hate Crimes and Hope
Students state things learned about Muslims in America through a short lecture, an interview, and reading. Using the information learned, they formulate questions to learn more. Students define hate crimes, and how the events of 9/11...
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Renaissance: Was it a Thing?
Why is the master and creator of this history-based video series claiming the Renaissance didn't even happen? Listen as he offers evidence for this interesting take on the period. The video discusses the significance of trade and wealth...
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Making Sense of Jihad vs. Hirabah (Terrorism)
Help your learners define jihad in its literal and applied meanings, as a principle and as an institution. Describe legitimate conduct of war according to Islamic law and differentiate between rebellion (baghy) and terrorism (hirabah)...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Looking for Answers: Making Sense of the Boston Marathon Bombing
How should America respond to acts of domestic terrorism? What motivates or prompts a terrorist attack? After reading an opinion piece on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, your learners will critically analyze factors that could have...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed