Teacher: Michelle Mitchell
School: North Dorchester Middle School, Hurlock, Maryland
Subject/Grade Taught: Social Studies- Grade 8
These lessons would also be appropriate for Social Studies and Language Arts classes in grades 7-9.
Teaching Time: Three class periods of about 65 minutes each
There is a tremendous amount of stereotyping about Muslims and the peoples of the Middle East in American popular culture. At the same time, many history classes tend to focus on either the ancient civilizations or the Renaissance in Europe as the basis for learning and cultural developments throughout the world. The Islamic culture with its major contributions to the Renaissance in Europe is overlooked. The purpose of these lessons is to help students identify and dispel inaccurate stereotypes about the Muslim culture and begin building students’ awareness of the great Islamic culture.