Useful Links, Resources, and Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers
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Lesson Plans

Creative lesson plans on various Middle Eastern and North African topics from University of Arizona. This resources offers over a 100 lesson plans ranging from Teenage Assassins and the Out break of World War 1 to Lessons on Berber history and culture.

Lesson plans on various Middle Eastern topics from George Washington University. Elementary lesson plans of the Geography of Iraq (grades 3-8) and secondary lessons on topics including the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (6-8), Demographics of Islam, Perceptions and Statistics (7-8), Desalination of Water (8-9), Music and the Middle East (9-12) Gulf War Oral Histories (10-12),  The Arab Spring: Comparing Revolutions in Egypt & Tunisia (10-12) and much more!

Lesson plans on various Middle Eastern topics from Portland State University such as Geography of the Modern Middle East and North Africa and Arabs in Hollywood.

University of Chicago created a structure for the content of nine topics divided into eighteen learning modules. The four topic areas that make up the “Foundations” section of the resource lay the groundwork for understanding the region. Additionally, they offer five topic areas housed in the “Historical Perspectives” section of the Web, where fourteen different modules are available that outline Middle Eastern history from ancient to modern times.

Lesson plan by National Geographic-Archived Xpeditions. In this lesson, students will explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq . Students will use maps to look at the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region. They will also examine how water has influenced the region historically and politically

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin has published several curriculums on the Middle East for K-12 instructors. Topics include: Cairo: Living Past, Living Future, Egypt: A Land of Firsts and A History of the Jews of Turkey.

TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious make-up of the region. The activities include some basic facts to acquaint students with historical events, resentments, and alliances in the region.

Along with customized tours on cultural and political understanding via Islamic art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a lesson plan on Common Core Math and Islamic Art

The Denver Art Museum created this lesson plan for secondary education. In this lesson plan students will use the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief to talk about what ancient Assyrians valued and understood as cultural capital.

The Stanford History Education Group created this lesson plan for secondary educators to instruct students on the Assyrian Empire.

This lesson by explores the unique characteristics of a fierce and violent culture of the Assyrians by studying ancient artifacts.

The Smithsonian Folkways created a lesson plan that will introduce children and their teachers to the Kurdish people and their history and culture by leading them on a Kurdish experience full of singing and dancing.

Online Resources on the Middle East

Provides an introduction to historic Muslim inventions used in the modern world.

WNET, PBS's NYC affiliate, has launched a very good website for educators, featuring lesson plans and video clips from the PBS program "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" for grades 4-8.

A site for research tools and in-depth analysis about the music of Africa and the African diaspora. Check out the extensive multimedia features designed to engage: interviews, clips, articles, and more!

Helpful guides for learning Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish

Various lesson plans relating to Arab-Israeli conflict, the role of oil in geopolitics, the politicization of Islam, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other historical issues that have shaped U.S. ties to the Middle East.

Concise information on Islam, glossaries, teacher guides, suggestions for classroom activities, and important dates on the Islamic lunar calendar. Offers on-line lesson plans and an on-line Teacher's Forum.

Website designed in both English and Arabic that introduces the rich heritage of Arab lands and culture.

Lesson plans on Muslim immigration to America, religious and ethnic diversity, and stereotypes. The accompanying video, "American Muslim Teens Talk," can be borrowed from the Middle East Center. 

Project Look Sharp, a media literacy project based at Ithaca College, has released an interactive digital media literacy curriculum on controversial issues in the Middle East. A CD/DVD version can also be requested at no charge. In addition to learning core content, students learn to analyze and decode media messages in a variety of forms including web pages, film clips, TV news, magazines, newspapers, and school textbooks. 

You can borrow from the Middle East Center the DVD, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," to accompany the extensive lesson plans and resources on this link on the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.

Good resources, links, and curriculum on Sudan and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there. 

Simple mapping game on the Middle East.

Excellent website for all things Turkish - from virtual tours of museums to recipes to lifestyles. Includes a great music portal where you can download clips. 

A documentary that explores the efforts of three religious leaders in Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria to have their voices heard as equals in the religious community. This websites includes a lesson plan for using the documentary as a teaching tool. The film is available at the Middle East Center Media Library. 

A special thanks to Amelia and her mother, as well as the Salt Lake City Children's Network