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On Friday 1 May the Outreach Center and Gene Stein, a teacher at Newton South High School, co-taught a class lesson for 23 grade 11 History students. The class studied the social reforms ushered in by Kemal Ataturk during the formation of the Turkish Republic from 1920 to 1930.

The exercise used the writings of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk to highlight the mandate of European style societal reforms. Students read parts of Pamuk’s writing on his up bringing in Istanbul and the “European” room that his family, which was part of the reforms. After reading, students divided into groups and were asked to create an “American” room, a room that would personify American culture, and to draw the contents of the room for the class. The learning goal of the lesson was to study the role of Ataturk’s modernization reforms and their impact on creating identity and class boundaries.

The day’s lesson plan is available for download.

Source: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies – University of Illinois

In these lesson plans, students will take a magic carpet journey into a different time and place. Through stories of travel and survival, folk tales, legends, and fables, as well as traditional arts and crafts, students will be transported by stories and their imaginations to a different world. This unit provides two different reading components, as well as a lesson plan on Turkish carpets.

Turkish Carpet Lesson Plan
Turkish Carpet Craft Project
Turkish Carpet Information Sheet
The Traveling Girl Lesson Plan
The Traveling Girl Worksheet
Folk Tales Lesson Plan
Folk Tales Worksheet

Source: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies – University of Illinois

Musical Instruments in Turkey
Turkish Musical Instruments Lesson Plan
Turkish Music Vocabulary
Further Research for Turkish Music

Lesson Plan

In the summer of 2007, through a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Grant written by CICCEL, 12 community college and high school faculty from across the central United States spent five weeks traveling and studying in Syria and Turkey. The theme of the study experience was Religious Pluralism as Manifest by Two Secular Muslim Countries: Syria and Turkey.

One of the requirements of the program was that each participant prepare and post for general use, a curriculum module that incorporated some of the ideas, images, and experiences of the month spent in the Near East. Those units, with the names of the contributing authors can be found here:

Exploring Islam in Germany

A Social Studies unit examining the fascinating Turkish Turn in German history, culture, and demographics of the past 50 years —foreign language education and global education will be strongly linked. Students will be encouraged to become “cultural investigators” to recognize and value cultural differences, challenge assumptions and stereotypes of his/her own and foster inquiry into the interconnectedness of international and domestic events.

“Journey for Occidental Citizen: Islam in Germany” Day 1 Supplement (pdf)
“Journey for Occidental Citizen: Islam in Germany” Day 3 Supplement (pdf)
“Journey for Occidental Citizen: Islam in Germany” lesson plan week 1 (pdf)
“Journey for Occidental Citizen: Islam in Germany” lesson plan week 2 (pdf)

A Brief Look at Turkey: This is a visual slide presentation of Turkey, complete with a teachers guide, and handouts for activities by the Middle East Studies Center at OSU.


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