Clone of Cross-Cultural Exchange on the Trans-Saharan Trade Routes: A Cooperative Group-Work Mini-Unit

Mini-Unit Objective: Students will analyze the effects of geography on and cultural interchange between Islam and West Africa by examining and creating a creative presentation using primary sources and artifacts relating to trans-Saharan trade and adap …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Contributions of Islamic Civilization

In this lesson students will use a variety of sources to: Develop their technology skills by conducting online research. Develop their reading/comprehension skills through guided reading. Identify and label various primary source images and their autho …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

100 Years in Mesopotamia: A Century of Conflict in Iraq, 1914-2014

Unit objectives: Students will analyze the effect of World War I on present day Iraq Students will be able to answer the essential question “How did WWI and its aftermath shape conflict in the Middle East today?” Students will analyze the importance of …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Algerian Folk Tales and Grimm’s Fairy Tale

A Lesson to Compare and Contrast the Algerian folk tale “How the Animals Kept the Lions Away” by Inea Bushnaq and “The Bremer Stadt Musicians” (The Bremen City Musicians) from Grimm’s Fairy Tales (German).

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Crusade Perspectives

Overview This lesson is meant to strengthen students’ skills in historical analysis and understanding diverse perspectives. The writing prompts, class discussion, and use of art as well as text should provide students with a broad understanding of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

All Roads Lead to Istanbul: 1550 World’s Fair Simulation

Unit Purpose: To understand the Middle Ages period of history from a global perspective. Goals: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, 1300’s to 1500’s,  specifically in the areas of geography, social structure, religion, agricult …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Blind Man and the Elephant

Purpose: This lesson encourages students to see “the rest of the picture” in a situation. In making the situations relevant to K-2 (actually, all) students it creates a foundation serving as a launching pad for students to explore multiculturalism with …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Exploring Stereotypes through Literature and Poetry

In conjunction with this series of lessons, students will spend approximately four weeks reading multicultural literature. In a reading workshop format, students will choose from a variety of books representing cultures from within the United States an …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs and Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley

A lesson plan for high school English classes by Omar Hakim, International Academy, Troy, MI. This is for use in teaching about Midaq Alley, the famous novel by Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Additional materials r …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

An Indian Ocean Trade Simulation

Lesson Overview: The Indian Ocean Trade (IOT) network has been a conduit for goods and culture for thousands of years and is a critical part of any World History curriculum. This lesson will teach your students key concepts of cultural diffusion, and d …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Arts and Culture of the Berber Tribes of Morocco and the Sahara

Motivation: Students will be introduced to the four subjects of Berber /Tuareg jewelry, and body adornment with henna designs, embroidered textiles, and nomadic dwellings through a power point, visual displays, study guide packet, and Moroccan artifact …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Black Gold

Essential Question: How might having a valuable natural recourse (oil) affect a region? Students will be informally assessed throughout the lesson through their participation and questioning during our “Black Gold” presentations and initial and conclud …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Measuring the Travels of Two Adventurers: Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta

Overview: It is important that students are able to make comparisons and convert between US customary and the metric system. Students will find that most other countries use the metric system. Purpose: Students will learn about two medieval explorers, …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Cemetery Celebrations

A Comparison Study of how the Southwest traditions around “Day of the Dead” and cemeteries compare and contrast to cemetery traditions in Oman. Additional materials required.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Introduction to Islam

Goals: The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the religion of Islam. By providing facts about aspects of the religion, another goal of the lesson is to help dispel the negative views that are often associated with Islam and Muslims since t …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Iran, Iraq – What’s the Difference?

Purpose: Both Iran and Iraq are in the news these days, and students have trouble telling them apart. This lesson is an introduction to two very different cultures in the Middle East. Lesson: To get students thinking about geographical, cultural, and r …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islam

Goal: Introduce students to the Islamic religion and the spread of Islam. The overarching goal is for students to find the commonality in the monotheisms and gain an appreciation and tolerance for each religion. Overview: Students in grades 7-12 will l …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Florentine and Ottoman Women of the 14th – 16th Centuries: A Comparative Curriculum Unit

Aims: To evaluate what the Renaissance meant for Italian women, particularly in Florence To provide a comparison to the conditions of European women with nonEuropean women To have students examine stereotypical images of Eastern and Western women To ex …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Islam Fact and Fiction: Overcoming Stereotypes

Philosophical Belief: Since the September 11 attacks, the lack of understanding and our society’s general misconceptions of Islam have become overwhelmingly apparent and dangerous. Shortly after the attacks, an Indian was murdered in Arizona. Apparentl …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lesson on Islam

Goals:  Compare the origins, founding leaders, basic principles, and diffusion of major religions and philosophies as they emerged and expanded, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Compare the features …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Contagion, Quarantines, and Cures in History: Case Study – the Ottoman Empire

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This is a lesson that combines elements of Social Sciences (World History, Geography, Government), Science, and Language Arts. What the Lesson Entails: Using the Eurasian frontier as a case study, this lesson will …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Create a Government for Iraq: American Government Problem-Based Learning

Introduction: Saddam has been defeated and the United States has promised the Iraqi people that we will help them create a viable government to replace the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. The United States thinks that Turkey’s government might serve as …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Examining the Influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Iraqi Constitution Ratified in 2005

Objectives: Student will recognize the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Constitution of Iraq. Background: Following the ouster of Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War, the Iraqi government needed to draft a new constitution. The U.S. Constitutio …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Culture versus Capitalism in Rural Morocco

Rationale: The purpose of this lesson is to: Analyze how globalization is affecting the financial socialization of young people in Morocco and the broader Middle East. Reflect on how notions of “tradition”, “modern”, “need”, and “want” affect consumer …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Diasporas: The Great Geographic Dislocations of History

Overview: There is much emphasis today on the concerns of migration and dislocation due to war, catastrophe, and economic opportunity. The effects of large scale migration are significant both for the losing area and the gaining area and have both shor …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Hanging Odes and Arabic Calligraphy: Investigating the Personal

Essential Question: How can a piece of art/poem tell us about someone’s Identity? Objectives: I will learn how to use vivid language in my poetry. I will use my poem to inspire my own unique Arabic signature.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International Holiday Unit

Objectives: Students will: Learn about how people celebrate different holidays around the worldChristmas, Ramadan, and Hanukkah. Use graphic organizers to compare information. Discover similarities and differences in celebrations. Create a pattern of h …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Kurds: A People without a Country

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This lesson is designed for high school Social Studies classes and meets numerous World History and Geography standards: on the post-World War I treaties, the independence movements in developing nations, regional …

Language of Presentation: French
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Medieval Spain: Meeting Place of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Culture

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This lesson is designed to meet high school World History and Geography standards by discussing relations across regions (Middle East/North Africa – Europe) and religions (Muslim – Christian – Jewish) in medieval S …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle East and North Africa

This is a series of activities designed to introduce high school students to the geography, history, and religions of the Middle East/North Africa. The lesson requires the students to use technology to become actively involved in learning about the reg …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Mesopotamian Museum Project

Relevant background information: The war and continued unrest in Iraq has posed a grave danger to the safety and security of countless archaeological sites and artifacts, including those housed in the Baghdad Museum. Losing artifacts and jeopardizing h …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle East Debates

Overview: This high school lesson outlines an in-depth 9-week Middle East unit that culminates in a 3-day, 6 hour public performance of skills and knowledge where students debate from the perspective of 20+ different Middle East leaders. The lesson pla …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle East Related Lesson Plan: Learning From Current Event Articles

Lesson Introduction: This lesson is designed to be more of a weekly homework assignment, with a research component, with a small amount of time set aside once or twice per week for presentations and discussions. It may be done in class as well, but the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Modern Oman

Focus Question: Is Oman currently experiencing a golden age under the rule of Sultan Qaboos? Lesson Objective/Teaching Point: There are several golden ages throughout world history. Students will be able to identify a golden age by: Identifying and ana …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Onset and Diffusion of the Arab Uprisings

Objectives: Students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the Arab Uprisings within historical, political and social contexts. Students will be able to identify and examine the demands, wishes and concerns of those involved in the Arab Upr …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Money

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This lesson is designed to meet particular 5th grade math and social studies standards through a discussion of Middle Eastern currency. Students use mathematical operations to exchange currencies and then learn abo …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Morocco: Understanding through the Ele

Essential Questions: How does the physical terrain in Morocco create challenges for its people? From which physical regions do the Moroccans most benefit? How do Moroccans adapt to living in a desert region? Discuss three major ways. Discuss the types …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Region by Any Other Name

Overview: It is often true that a place may be categorized as belonging to more than one region, depending on the criteria used. Oklahoma is sometimes categorized as a southern state, a southwestern state, a Great Plains state, or simply as part of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Oman!

Objective: For all students to explore Oman through Virtual Field Trips to various sites of historical, cultural, religious, geographic, and other importance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Quran Powerpoint

This lesson goes through the history of the Qur’an and it’s significance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Ramadan: A Muslim Holiday

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Arabic calendar. The Arabs have a lunar calendar that is shorter than our solar calendar so the month of Ramadan comes at a different time every year (sometimes in the summer, sometimes winter, etc.). This lesson intro …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Sharing Jerusalem’s Landmarks

Overview: This lesson introduces students to the concept of landmarks and asks them to find out about sites of significance in Jerusalem. Students will design brochures (or posters) that showcase these landmarks sites and present their work to their cl …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Iraq

Objective: For all students to explore Oman through Virtual Field Trips to various sites of historical, cultural, religious, geographic, and other importance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Mosque Design

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to expose students to the main interior architectural and decorative features of a typical Ottoman mosque, as well as to explore how the main beliefs and practices of Islam are reflected in mosque decoration and …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

My Silk Road Journey

Objectives: The student will understand the unique civilizations and cultural identities of different peoples in Medieval Europe and Asia, and their interactions. The student will be able to use research skills in examining secondary sources to extract …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestine/Israel – 1948: One Event, Two Perspectives

This lesson is one of the anchor lessons in a 6-week unit on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict that is taught through a multiple narratives approach. It is designed as a historical inquiry that students complete in groups. The historical inquiry require …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story A Multidisciplinary Examination of Culture and Lunar Cycles

Purpose: This unit is an excellent opportunity to explore Islamic culture and include Muslims in cultural holiday studies. Recognizing that every moment in the classroom is precious this unit uses a multidisciplinary approach integrating reading and li …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestinian and Israeli Literature

Overview: For many audiences, understanding of the Palestinian­Israeli conflict comes mainly from the media ­­ news of violence and of political friction dominate the airwaves, and we sometimes forget about the ordinary Palestinian and Israeli citizens …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Palestinian-Israeli Issue/High School English

Overview: This lesson has three parts: an historical background (to prepare students to understand the complexity of the conflict); a literary component where students read two short excerpts from memoirs – one by a Palestinian, one by an Israeli – and …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Peace and Perspective through Poetry

Through this lesson, students will learn to use their pens and their minds to wage peace. They will take on the personas of Palestinians and Israelis, and let their poems walk them through the streets of Jerusalem. They will create poetry that will let …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies