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Prepared by Kevin Jamison, Education Intern, FPA


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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See what two amazing teachers have been working on by incorporating the history and culture of Turkey with a videoconferencing grant! They have developed a great blogsite that describes their grant and their interest in teaching students about Turkey. It is a valuable teaching tool for educators filled with links, interdisciplinary lessons plans, resources, video clips, and more!

Meet and explore the Ottomans in this interactive website! This site details the history, academic works, campaigns and armies, art and culture, and family that created the Ottoman Empire. There is also a web
forum that Ottoman aficionados can become a part of.

Target Grade Levels:
Grades 7-12

Conflict, U.S. Influence Abroad

Students play the role of a U.S. Green Beret in Iraq who must try to keep the peace during a community dispute.

Name: Louise Forsyth
Institutional Affiliation: Poly Prep Country Day School

“Florentine and Ottoman Women of the 14th – 16th Centuries: A Comparative Curriculum Unit”
Grades: 6-8
This lesson uses short primary documents to challenge students’ assumptions about the status of women in the Ottoman Empire and Renaissance Florence.

Name: Jennifer Turner
Institutional Affiliation: Carl Hayden High School

“The Ottoman Empire”
Grades: 9-12
In this lesson, students learn about the Ottoman Empire, conduct research, and then give a “news broadcast” in which they describe events/personalities.

* Warm Up 1
* Images of the Ottoman Empire 1
* Images of the Ottoman Empire 2
* Lesson 2
* Warm Up 2
* Broadcast Directions
* Broadcast Topics
* Debriefing
* Group Critique

Name: Brenda Bonine
Institutional Affiliation: Tucson Accelerated High School

Ottoman Geography Lessons: “What’s in a Name?,” “Eye of the Beholder,” and “People and Places”
Grades: 9-12

The first part directs students to analyze the reason for name changes in Turkey and the Balkans. The second uses pictures to get students to evaluate a place using the principals of geography. The third gets students to look at ethnic groups.

* Picture 1
* Picture 2
* Picture 3
* Picture 4

Name: Abbey McNair
Institutional Affiliation: Burke High School

CMES: Teach Ottoman Empire pdf
Grades: 10-11

An extended, comprehensive lesson on the Ottoman Empire, this includes a several PowerPoint photo presentations, a “coffee house” lesson where students play the role of different Ottoman officials meeting to discuss how to “save” the empire, and lots more.

* PowerPoint


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