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Defining Middle Eastern Borders – Lines in the Sand Grades 6 to 12 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst’s comprehensive Middle East resource examines the interplay of cultural, political, economic, and religious borders in the mideast from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
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This “Teachers Tool Kit” offers a wealth of primary sources, guiding questions, and an interactive timeline, all geared to helping students understand the underlying issues and tensions that have made stability in the mideast so elusive for over a century. Teachers can use these resources as a complete unit, or as part of their own curriculum.


 
Al-Bab.com Grades 6 to 12

We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different culture accessible and understandable to Western readers. There is a wealth of resources, including news summaries and extensive cultural information.
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Teachers may find this site most useful as a backgrounder for their own use, though there is much here that, with proper guidance, would be useful for students.


 
Anatomy of a Refugee Camp Grades 8 to 12 Canadian Broadcasting Company

Your students can experience life in a typical refugee camp with this interactive, in-depth tour. Using a small compass or map, visitors can navigate through the camp and learn about the importance of various locations, including the reception center, food storage warehouse, health center, school, market, and meeting place. Related links to current events and organizations including Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross are provided.
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Bahrain – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Beyond the War in Iraq Grades 6 to 12 NPR

National Public Radio’s web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There’s an emphasis on political, economic, cultural, and military issues and their relationships with one another. Try this one as a starting point for an in-depth current events discussion.
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Bluepack Project Grades 4 to 12 Academy for Educational Development

The Academy for Educational Development is operating a project to provide backpacks with educational supplies to school children in Afghanistan. Teachers and parents may find this an attractive service opportunity for students eager to “do something” about the plight of civilians in Afghanistan and the middle east. The backpacks cost $10 each.
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CNN’s Camp David 2000 Grades 6 to 12 CNN

CNN’s Camp David 2000 special page offers current reports, background material, timelines, and a nice mideast peace quiz.
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Conflict in Iraq Grades 1 to 12 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst’s Iraq war coverage page offers a frequently updated collection of reporting, background resources, and information for parents and teachers about students’ reactions to the war.
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Countering the Threat of International Terrorism Grades 9 to 12 Federation of American Scientists

The Federation of American Scientists published this report – authored by a distinguished group. It provides excellent summaries of terrorist activity and suggested responses, as well as significant background information.
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Cyprus – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Egypt – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Face to Face – Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy Grades 9 to 12 ITVS

You will need a high speed connection to use this site, but those who have one will find it an insightful collection of spoken narratives dealing with reactions to the September 11 attacks from Muslim and Japanese Americans. While the experiences of these two groups vary significantly, these audio essays raise important issues in a thoughtful way that invites further discussion and examination.
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This site could be used as a “trigger” for a high school history or government class. Teachers will want to preview this material, and should be prepared for lively discussions that it will likely generate.


 
Fog of War Grades 6 to 12 Washington Post

The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war’s effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.
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Frontline – The Invasion of Iraq Grades 10 to 12 PBS

This thought-provoking site brings together analysis from a variety of sources to help students understand the many facets of the war on Iraq. Interviews with war correspondents, policymakers, and military leaders are presented along with a timeline of events, and a revealing video describing the bitter debate between the U.S. Army and the Pentagon. The teacher materials provided on the site assume that students have viewed a companion video; however, the “pre-viewing” lesson plan can be used independently to provide background knowledge or summarize a current events discussion.
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Global Connections – The Middle East Grades 6 to 12 PBS

Here’s a really first-rate treatment of the Middle East, its three primary religious subtexts, and the relationship of these to issues like global economics, literature, and history. Users will find a wealth of time-lines, as well as a series of “connecting questions” about issues like the role of women, nation-states, and the impact of stereotypes on international perceptions about this region. Lots of “extended thinking” opportunities here.
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Iran – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Iraq – American Friends Service Committee Grades 6 to 12 American Friends Service Committee

AFS, a part of the Quaker tradition, has a long history of commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. This page offers substantive opportunities for those opposing the war with Iraq to express their views and work to repair the damage to property and lives which the war will inevitably cause.
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Iraq – Country Studies Grades 8 to 12 Library of Congress

This site is part of a set of detailed cultural, political, and historical summaries created by the Library’s Federal Research Service. The emphasis is on less commonly studied nations, and the material will be challenging for some students.
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Teachers will find these summaries useful for their comprehensive scope, which frequently includes historical and cultural background information. Much of the content is 5 or more years old, so these pages are best used for historical or background information.


 
Iraq – Global Policy Forum Grades 9 to 12 Global Policy Forum

Global Policy monitors activities of and reporting about the United Nations. This site organizes coverage of activities surrounding Iraq, from inspections to sanctions and more. While many of the documents will be challenging for secondary students, the listings themselves create useful synopses of how world opinion on this topic continues to evolve.
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Iraq and Saddam Hussein – the War on Terrorism Grades 9 to 12 East California University

East California University’s librarians have created a very useful, thematic collection of current links to resources dealing with Iraq and efforts, peaceful and otherwise, to bring it into compliance with UN mandates. For secondary students, the topic headings themselves will serve to demonstrate the complexity of the situation.
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Teachers will find a rich set of resources here for comparisons, case-building, and other challenging activities.


 

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