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Prepared by Kevin Jamison, Education Intern, FPA

Overview:

In this lesson students will come to understand several different issues regarding Turkey and the European Union, mainly the issues surrounding the membership of Turkey to the EU. They will be taught through discussion, in-class activities and homework; what is the EU, why does Turkey want to join, why does the EU want it as a member? Etc. They will also develop opinions on the matter thru an in-class activity and a homework assignment, both requiring research.

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Through this learning activity, students:

* Examine how history, culture, and geography influence a person’s perception of a particular place
* Construct a historical knowledge base of conflicts in the Middle East by immersing themselves in the role of individuals who live there
* Research and analyze how historical, geographic, and cultural factors influence the views of various groups of people found in the Middle East
* Apply what they have learned concerning the Middle East and technology, and create a multimedia presentation for the class

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