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Keywords: Geography, Middle East, population, minorities

Global Regions: Middle East , North Africa

Countries: Afghanistan , Algeria , Bahrain , Chad , Comoros , Djibouti , Egypt , Ethiopia , Iran , Iraq , Israel , Jordan , Kuwait , Lebanon , Libya , Oman , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Sudan , Tunisia , Turkey , United Arab Emirates , Yemen

Subjects: History and Social Studies

Resource Types: Curriculum, Maps, Student Readings

Instructional Strategies: Group Work, Hands-On

Themes: Economic Development, Environment

Levels: High School (9-12), Middle School (6-8)


Understanding the Middle East through Geography and Demography

A lesson plan for middle and high school social science courses.

This lesson plan uses geography and demography to examine this important area.  Students learn about the entire region by studying a sub-region in depth through small group, cooperative learning.  Students are divided into six groups and each is assigned to a specific sub-region.  They examine geographical and statistical data of their sub-region, apply it to the group's "working map," transfer information to a large class map of the entire area, then share through collaborative learning.  Oil and natural gas resources are examined, but through case study and map analysis the more critical question of water enhances higher-level thinking skills as well as an appreciation of the differences and complexities within the entire area.

The 33-page downloadable curriculum is divided into Part 1 and Part 2.

Produced at: University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Length: Two to four class periods

Year Produced: 2002

Material: Curriculum in PDF files with background information, readings and classroom activities

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