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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
In this lesson series, students will become aware of the history of the Middle East, including U.S. policy interests in the region, the history of colonialism and military conflict, and the current issues that impact the political, social, cultural, religious, economic and diplomatic landscapes. Students will be encouraged to discuss their views on these topics, to think outside-of-the-box, and even to formulate their own policy solutions to some of the ongoing conflicts involved.
Particular attention will be paid to:
• Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
• Sunni/Shiite Divide,
• Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel (including the military conflict in 2006)
• The role of Saudi Arabia in the region
• Other key players – including (but not limited to) Syria, Egypt, the Arab League, and OPEC
Middle East Lesson Plan Middle East Lesson Plan (59K) [download]
A great documentary from Al Jazeera English about the women of Hezbollah; the social, political and moral roles they play are essential to all, the functionality of the the world’s most legitimate and pure resistance group.
Palestine Festival of Literature: a traveling cultural roadshow touring across the West Bank from the 23rd to the 28th of May 2009.
Women in Struggle presents rare testimony from four female Palestinian ex-prisoners who disclose their experiences during their years of imprisonment in Israeli jails and the effect it has had on their present and future lives. Once content to live their lives as sisters, wives and mothers, each of the women became active members in the national fight for Palestinian independence, though their ‘crimes’ differed markedly – one woman was detained in a peaceful protest while another was arrested for her participation in a bombing. Their painful recollections provide a fascinating personal perspective on their motives for political involvement, reveal their struggles in prison and define the difficulties they have faced and continue to face adjusting to life in Palestinian society.
A gripping portrait of women, whose lives were dictated by a moral code, Maria’s Grotto is a painful true film about the issue of honor killings in Palestine. Khoury explores the issue through the stories of four women: one is wrongly accused of dishonoring her family and then murdered; the second dies after being forced by her brothers to swallow poison; the third survives repeated stabbings inflicted by her brother; and the fourth is a Hip-hop singer who dares speak out about honor killings, and faces death threats. Through these stories, Khoury exposes the magnitude of honor killings in Palestine.
A Unit for High School Students by Ronald Stockton, Professor of Political
Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Revised second edition, November 1993