• Day 1: February 19 and 20 - Students will examine and analyze the religion, culture, government, economics, and geography of the Middle East. They will examine the history of Muhammad and the beginning of Islam. They will be introduced to and be able to define Middle East vocabulary and terminology.

    Journal 1 – What do you think about when the Middle East is mentioned? What do you know about the culture of the Middle East? Where is the Middle East?

    Day 2: February 21 and 24 - The students will continue to discover and examine the culture and lifestyles of the Middle East. They will be introduced to and be able to identify the Sunni vs. Shi’a debate, the five pillars of faith, and the world’s largest pilgrimage.

    Journal 2 – Why is Mesopotamia referrd to as the Fertile Crescent? Who was Muhammad? What were some things about his life that we discussed during our last class? What are the five pillars of faith?

    • Sunni vs. Shi’a and the Five Pillars of Faith Notes
    • The World's Largest Pilgrimage – Hajj Documentary
    • Middle East Learning Outcomes

    Day 3: February 25 and 26 – The students will be introduced to and review the history of six international organizations. The students will be able to define an international organization and identify how these organizations impact the world. The students will explore the origins of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and discover why it continues to be problematic in today’s world. 

    Journal 3 – What are the two divisions in Islam? Why is there a division? What is an international organization? What were the seven things Muslims were required to do on their pilgrimage to Mecca?

    • Coming SoonMiddle East Map Quiz
    • International OrganizationsNotes
    • A Beginner's Guide to the Israeli Palestinian ConflictVideo Clip
    • Israeli Palestinian ConflictNotes

    Day 4: February 27 and March 2 – The students will study and examine the Israel and Palestine conflict as they compare and contrast issues from both sides. The students will discuss and debate the conflict and come to an individual conclusion of support for either side. 

    Journal 4 – Write down an International Organization we studied last class. What is the purpose of the one you chose? Why are Palestine and Israel fighting with one another?

    Day 5: March 3 and 4 – The students will examine the current conflict in Syria to include the civil war and refugee crisis. The students will be able to locate Syria on a map, identify the current leader of Syria, and discuss and analyze whether or not the United States should authorize air strikes against Syria.

    Journal 5 – What do you know about the Arab Spring? What is a refugee? What is the difference between a refugee and an immigrant? Who is the currently leader of Syria? How did he gain power and who is he fighting against? What does the acronym ISIS stand for?

    • Syria Explained in Five Minutes – Video Clip
    • SyriaNotes and Group Discussions
    • Refugees and Syria – Decision 2019 and Video Clip
    • Aleppo – Video Clip

    Journal 6 – Should we commit to air strikes against Assad? Why or why not? Should the United States should admit Syrian refugees? Why or Why not?

    Day 6: March 5 and 6 – The students will examine the history of Iran’s relationship with the United States as well as its origins to the hostage crisis of 1979. The students will also examine the Kurds relationship to the United States and itsconnections to both NATO and ISIS. The students will be able to identify the ethnic strife of the Kurds and define the role of both the Ayatollah and the Shaw of Iran.

    Journal 7 – Why did Iran take American hostages in 1979? How many days did the crisis last? How many hostages were taken and held? What was the role of the Shaw of Iran? What is a Kurd? Are the Kurd's friend or foe to the United States?

    Day 7: March 9 and 10 – The students will examine, discuss, and explore terrorist influences in the Islamic religion. They will be able to define Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS as well as explain their origins and their status in the Middle East.

    Journal 8 – Have you ever considered joining the military? What is Al Qaeda? The Taliban? ISIS? What do you know about Osama Bin Laden?

    Day 8: March 11 and 12 – The students will continue to study and examine the Middle East and the Arab Gulf States region. They will be able to compare and contrast the differences between civilian culture and the stereo-typical culture as it is often depicted across the globe.

    Journal 9 – If you could visit one location in the Middle East, where would it be and why do you want to visit there?

    • Arab Globe TrekkerVideo Clip and Video Guide
    • Newsweek ArticleThe Lure of Al Qaeda

    Day 9: March 13 and 16 – The students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the Middle East through a group activity review, classroom discussion, and completion of written work. 

    Journal 10 – Write down one thing you knew or thought about the Middle East prior to beginning this unit. Write down three things you learned or now know about the Middle East.

    • 58 Years in the Middle East – Video Clip
    • Who Wants to be a Millionaire Test Review Edition
    • Unit TwoTest Review
    • Global TournamentInstructions and Draft Preparation
    • Middle East test is next class period and journals will be due

    Day 10: March 17 and 18 – The students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge on the Middle East by exhibiting proficiency on an exam. 

    • Journals will be collected and reviewed today  Counting today you should have ten journals
    • Middle EastTest
    • AfricaMap
    • Global Tournament – Bracket, Preparation, and Draft

    Day 11: March 19 and 20 – Today the students will be working on their influential tournament project. The students have been provided with an “influential tournament” rubric and instruction sheet. All students have drafted an “influential person” and they will work on crafting their presentation and project. The computer cart is here for the students to use and they know what is expected from them today.