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In the spring semester of 2010 the Outreach Center put on a workshop looking at Hip Hop in the Middle East region and Africa, and this Online Resource is one of the culminations of that interdisciplinary academic inquiry. The workshop particularly focused on emergent global forms of Hip Hop culture that provide unique points of access into contemporary socio-cultural currents in the Middle East region. Some of the inspiration for this inquiry and initiative, which also comprised a Hip Hop performance on campus with Syrian-American artist Omar Offendum and a visit to a local High School by the Arabic Hip Hop Palestinian artists, DAM, is an appreciation for how contemporary art in general, and Hip Hop in particular, can generate unique learning opportunities about the Middle East region for students in America. There is a broad range of applications and uses of Hip Hop for secondary school courses including inquiries into contemporary issues and politics, youth culture and resistance narratives, race and gender politics, national [and trans-national] identity, globalization and media, literature and linguistics, and art and culture.
Produced by Judy Brodigan
This five-part lesson about Egypt is designed to help young students explore the similarities between themselves and the other humans who inhabit our planet.
High on the sands of the Sahara Desert stand the pyramids of Egypt, a visual reminder of a superior civilization that thrived along the Nile River beginning over 7000 years ago. This advanced civilization provided the world with a wealth of learning and inventions. The Middle East also gave birth to three major religions.
If we are to have world peace, we must learn to understand and accept one another. These lessons are designed to help young students explore the similarities between themselves and the other humans who inhabit our planet. It is my hope that this understanding will lead to increased tolerance.
This five part lesson about Egypt is designed for elementary level classrooms, and explores the following lessons:
Egypt: Where Is It and What Is It Like?
Comparing Communities: How Long Have the Communities of Egypt and the United States Existed?
Using Artifacts to Uncover Culture: What is This Item and What is its Purpose?
Earning a Living: Farming and Tourism in Egypt
Children in Egypt and the United States: What Do We Share?
Each lesson includes background information for the teacher, suggested activities, worksheets, audiovisuals, etc. A bibliography and resource list is enclosed.
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Egypt: A Land of Firsts
A Group Project Abroad (GPA) by Carol Bacon
Topic: History, Social Studies, Geography
Subject: Where in the World is Morocco?
Duration of lesson: 3-50 minute lessons
Grade Level: K-5
Rationale: The students will develop an understanding of Africa and its diversity; and an understanding of Moroccan culture and geographic features.
Lesson Objective: The students will analyze and interpret maps of Africa, Morocco, California, and the Moroccan flag to learn important facts.
Download File: FullModuleCarol.pdf
Thirteen U.S. teachers blog from Morocco about their experiences in a five-week seminar with the UCLA African Studies Center, sponsored by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program.
The North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (NCCSAS) is a consortium made up of Duke, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The consortium promotes education and research across the disciplines, drawing on faculty who have a focus on South Asia in fields as diverse as anthropology, religious studies, and history, to business, global health, and policy studies. We work to raise awareness of the region across the consortium campuses and in the community at large.
This website has been launched by the governments of Oman and Singapore to cover the construction and voyage of a 9th-century Arab sailing ship.
A team of experts has built the Jewel of Muscat in a specially constructed shipyard on the beach in Qantab in Oman. They are using a range of historical sources, including archaeological findings from the ‘Belitung Wreck’, including the Tang Treasure, which was discovered in 1998 in Indonesia waters.
The ship has been constructed with the methods available to 9th-century Arab craftsmen. The planks have been sewn together using coconut fibre, and the square sails will be made of plaited palm leaves.
Once constructed, the ship set sail on an historic journey from Oman to Singapore.