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In class:
• Debrief homework
• Introduce infographics (open document below)

and analyze data relevant to Afghanistan (see links on Afghanistan page of the wiki).

Homework due Jan. 17
• Study for a geography quiz on Afghanistan/Pakistan (review maps you did earlier in the unit)
• Be prepared to identify the following:
  1. - Taliban
  2. - al Qaeda
  3. - Osama bin Laden
  4. - Hamid Karzai
• Be prepared to answer the following short answer questions:
  1. - What was the relationship between the Taliban and Osama bin Laden before 9/11?
  2. - Which of the challenges do you think is the most important to overcome in order to establish a peaceful and stable Afghanistan? Explain. A) Economic development B) Weak democratic institutions C) Corruption D) Security/Instability
• After the quiz portion of class, we will continue with a graded discussion of options facing US policymakers in Afghanistan.




Fri,
Jan. 11
In class:
• Review homework
• Watch segments from film, Beyond Belief
• Begin reading about post-9/11 Afghanistan and US policy there (finish as HW).

Homework due Jan. 15
• Complete reading about post-9/11 Afghanistan, completing the yellow note sheet as you read.




Wed,
Jan. 9
In class:
• Learn about Afghanistan's physical geography, human geography (ethnic groups, languages spoken, culture) and early history

Homework due Jan. 11
• Complete reading about Afghanistan's history from the Soviet invasion to the rise of the Taliban. Complete handout that accompanies reading.




Mon,
Jan. 7
In class:
Iran nuclear weapons program - policy options graded discussion.

Homework due Jan. 9
• Using the guidelines handed out in class, label the Afghanistan/Pakistan map and read the handout on Afghanistan (focusing on the different regions in Afghanistan).




Thurs,
Jan. 3
In class:
Iran nuclear diplomacy simulation.

Homework due Jan. 7
• Read policy option handed out in class and be ready to discuss with others in your small group at the start of class.




Fri,
Dec. 21
In class:
Iran nuclear diplomacy simulation.

Enjoy the winter break!




Wed,
Dec. 19
In class:
Work on timeline assignment:


Homework due Dec. 21
• Read and complete homework on becoming a nuclear power. This is important background information for our simulation on Friday.





Monday,
Dec. 17
In class:
• Finish film
• Share thoughts on film by adding responses to our class blog: https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/middle-east-studies-yhs/

Homework due Dec. 11
• Study for Iran geography quiz. You should know:
- countries surrounding Iran
- the cities we labeled in class work
- 2 mountain ranges & Strait of Hormuz
- where concentrations of Kurds and Arabs live
- where Sunni and Shi'a areas are
- where there are concentrations of oil & gas




Thursday,
Dec. 13
In class:
• Finish geography of Iran
• Begin film, The Color of Paradise

Homework due Dec. 11
• No homework. We'll continue the film in our next class.




Tuesday,
Dec. 11
In class:
• Open-note quiz on Iraq
NPR story on US and Israeli-Palestinian conflict
• Begin work on Iran's geography (see Iran page of the wiki)

Homework due Dec. 11
• No homework.




Fri.,
Dec. 7
In class:
Read article about Noora
• Read Foreign Policy article on lessons from Iraq

Homework due Dec. 11
• No specific homework; we'll have an open-note quiz on the history of Iraq and lessons of US involvement there.




Wed.,
Dec. 5
In class:
• Learn about geography and modern history of Iraq.

Homework due Dec. 7
• Review for geography quiz on Iraq based on handout assigned in class.




Mon.,
Dec. 3
In class:
• Unit test on Israel-Palestine conflict.

Current issues presentations (links to those shared with me):
Update on Syria
NATO intervention in Syria?
Gaza intervention
Hamas in Egypt
President Morsy

Homework due Dec. 5
• No homework.




Thurs.,
Nov. 29
In class:
• Finish current issues presentations.
• Review in small groups for unit test over Israel/Palestine and current issues presentations.

Homework due Dec. 3
• Review for unit test.





Tues.,
Nov. 27
In class:
• Choose current issue topic in class and work in small groups to learn about your chosen topic and report out to class.

Homework due Nov. 29
• No new homework; be prepared to present if group has not already done so.




Tues.,
Nov. 20
In class:
• Learn about Jordan by reviewing the handout distributed in class. Respond to the questions on the handout after you watch the video, Jordan: The Royal Tour.
• Get an update on Jordan and Arab Spring reforms by clicking on this linkand reading the Los Angeles Times story.
• Summarize what you've read on your video notes sheet and turn it in to the sub at the end of class. Use another sheet of paper if needed.

Homework due Nov. 27
• No homework because of Thanksgiving; enjoy the holiday!




Fri.,
Nov. 16
In class:
• For those of you in class, please log into your school Gmail account to access your page on this Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/middle-east-studies-yhs/. If you were absent, I will help you to get caught up on this after Thanksgiving.
• Add your thoughtful analysis of a poem from Naomi Shihab-Nye's book, 19 Varieties of Gazelle.

Homework due Nov. 20
• No specific homework, but please continue to follow news coverage of the conflict in Gaza & Israel.




Wed.,
Nov. 14
In class:
• Finish watching PROMISES film and discuss it in small groups.

Homework due Nov. 16
• Read this article about an Israeli airstrike today on the Gaza Strip. We'll have a brief reading quiz over this article in class on Friday.




Fri.,
Nov. 9
In class:
• Map quiz on Israel/Palestine.
• Continue watching PROMISES film.

Homework due Nov. 14
• Read chapter from Tasting the Sky handed out in class and respond thoughtfully to questions included on last page.
• If you'd like to learn more about the author, please click on the link below to read an interview with her.


http://www.thenation.com/article/tasting-sky-interview-ibtisam-barakat




Wed.,
Nov. 7
In class:
• Discuss homework about historical events after the 1987 intifada.
• Discuss current issues/tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Homework due Nov. 9
• Study for map quiz on Israel/Palestine using map handed out in class and also posted below.





Mon.,
Nov. 5
In class:
• Discuss homework about historical events after the 1967 war.
• Round 3 of the role play.

Homework due Nov. 7
• Read yellow timeline handout (1 page)
• Open the Pages document below and click on the links to explore important events on a timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We'll focus on the last 10 years to round out our historical overview. Please read about the events listed on the document, and be sure to use your own words to describe your understanding of the event.





Thurs.,
Nov. 1
In class:
• Discuss homework about historical events after the creation of Israel in 1948.
• Round 2 of the role play.

Homework due Nov. 5
• Complete yellow reading packet (includes timeline with different perspectives on history).
• Answer questions at the back of the packet - all of the information you need to complete this is in your reading. You should not need additional outside resources.




Tues.,
Oct. 30
No school because of the storm.






Fri.,
Oct. 26
In class:
• Quiz on partitioning the Ottoman Empire and formation of the modern Middle East.
• Discussion of migration, land use, and settlement patterns after the Balfour Declaration took effect.
• Round 1 of the role play.

Homework due Oct. 30 (revised: Nov. 1)
Complete reading packet about the creation of the state of Israel after the UN Partition Plan (handed out in class), and answer the questions on the last page of the packet.




Wed.,
Oct. 24
In class:
• Continue discussion of Ottoman Empire, WWI, Arab nationalism, Zionism, and events during and after WWI that led to formation of the modern Middle East

Homework due Oct. 26
Study for quiz using class notes, review sheet and reviewing this presentation -




Mon.,
Oct. 22
In class:
• Discussion of Ottoman Empire, WWI, Arab nationalism, Zionism, and events during and after WWI that led to formation of the modern Middle East.

Homework due Oct. 24
No homework.




Thurs.,
Oct. 18
In class:
Unit test on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Homework due Oct. 22
Read about a current event issue related to the Middle East (your article/cartoon also could be an election-related issue connected to foreign policy in the Middle East). Links for news stories and cartoons are on the top of this Google Presentation.
• You will need to sign in to your Gmail account to access the document
• Read the directions on the first 3 slides & choose if you want to analyze a news story or a cartoon.
• Copy and paste the template from either the news OR cartoon slide into the slide with your name on it.
• Please do not alter/edit another person's work... it's disrespectful and a violation of our school's academic policy.




Tues,
Oct. 16
In class:
• Share art examples and make our own!
• Review for unit test.

Homework due Oct. 18
• Study for unit itest
• Review Keynote -




Friday,
Oct. 12
In class:
• Finish portions of PBS Frontline: Muslims video, highlighting distinctions between Turkey and Iran over the role of Islam and Shariah law in both countries.
• Discuss different perspectives on veiling
• Discuss similarities and differences in belief among Jews, Christians, and Muslims (3 Religions Chart)
• Discuss Islamic art & start the search as virtual tourists for examples across the Muslim world

Floral Designs - link to Google Doc
Geometric Designs - link to Google Doc
Architecture - link to Google Doc
Calligraphy - link to Google Doc

Homework due Oct. 16
• Complete work on art examples using Google Docs above (each student should find one example of the 4 kinds of art above).




Wed.,
Oct. 10
No class for seniors because of the senior play.






Friday,
Oct. 5
In class:
• Debrief important ideas from Islam reading.
• Quiz on vocabulary related to Islam.
• Begin PBS Frontline: Muslims video, highlighting distinctions between Turkey and Iran over the role of Islam and Shariah law in both countries.

Homework due Oct. 12 (no class for seniors on Oct. 10 because of the field trip to see the play):
• Listen to portions of this NPR: Fresh Air story with a lawyer about the origins and controversy around Shariah law. Links for the news story and corresponding questions (which students should respond to) can be found on this Pages document.




Wednesday,
Oct. 3
In class:
• Debrief important ideas from Christianity reading and discuss historical development of Christianity in the Middle East
• Quiz on vocabulary related to Christianity
• Read class handout on Islam, filling out Christianity column on "Comparison of Three World Religions" chart as you read.

Homework due Oct. 5:
• Read Islam handout, fill in Islam column of comparison chart, and be prepared for vocab quiz from this list related to Islam.




Monday,
Oct. 1
In class:
• Debrief important ideas from Judaism reading
• Quiz on vocabulary related to Judaism
• Discuss Judaism in contemporary Israel
• Read class handout on Christianity, filling out Christianity column on "Comparison of Three World Religions" chart as you read.

Homework due Oct. 3:
• Read Christianity handout, fill in Christianity column of comparison chart, and be prepared for vocab quiz from this list related to Christianity.




Thursday,
Sept. 27
In class:
• Open-note quiz on Arab Spring
• Introduce study of three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
• Read class handout on Judaism, filling out Judaism column on "Comparison of Three World Religions" chart as you read.

Homework due Oct. 1:
• Read Judaism handout and be prepared for vocab quiz on the following words (this Quizlet may help):
- Abraham
- Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah
- Conservative Judaism
- Diaspora
- Hanukkah
- Kosher
- Moses
- Orthodox Judaism
- Passover
- Reform Judaism
- Rosh Hashanah
- Secular
- Shabbat
- Synagogue
- Talmud
- Ten Commandments
- Torah
- Yom Kippur
- Zionism






Tuesday,
Sept. 25
In class:
• Discuss Arab Spring with Swedish exchange students
• Watch interview and Skype with Egyptian student

Homework due Sept. 27:
• None






Friday,
Sept. 21
In class:
• Class presentations/updates on Syria or Libya or Bahrain version of the Senet game.

Homework due Sept. 25:
• Read this article with the Turkish Prime Minister about the conflict in neighboring Syria (be sure to read all of the pages).
• Open the attached Pages document -
• After completing the Pages document, please print and have ready to hand to me at the start of class on Tuesday.
• Please remember that we'll be in the FLEX ROOM during Block 4W on Tuesday to meet and discuss issues related to the Middle East and global issues with visiting Swedish students. This will be their first day visiting YHS and everything will be new to them... including speaking English all day long. Please remember to speak slowly and clearly and try to draw them into conversations. You'll be great hosts!






Wednesday,
Sept. 19
In class:
• Debrief Egypt version of the Senet game and update Egypt (from Google Doc).
• Play Syria or Libya or Bahrain version of the Senet game.

Homework due Sept. 21:
Pairs of students will update the class on the Arab Spring in the country they played during the second round of the Senet game. Pairs should go into Google Docs and create a short Google presentation of 6 slides plus a title slide. Please be sure to share this presentation with each other and with me. Be sure to cite all of your sources/images and to indicate who composed which slide. On every slide please include:
• Title slide
• Image (photo, political cartoon)
• Under 20 words of text written in bullet form

Resources that may be helpful:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/arab-unrest/index.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline?fb=native (find your country's "path" on the map)

New York Times topic page:
- Syria: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html

- Bahrain: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/bahrain/index.html

- Libya: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/libya/index.html






Monday,
Sept. 17
In class:
• Discuss controversial anti-Islamic film and protests it has sparked in Middle East.
• Play Egypt version of the Senet game.

Homework due Sept. 19:
• Click on this link to view your assigned team and to provide an update on events in Egypt over the past year (picking up where the Senet game ended).






Thursday,
Sept. 13
In class:
• Debrief "What Were the Causes of 9/11?"
• Watch 60 Minutes video segment on the Navy Seals' raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.

Homework due Sept. 17:
• Read about events in Tunisia (scroll down) on this blog:
http://arabspringcomments.blogspot.com/






Tuesday,
Sept. 11
In class:
• Middle East map quiz
• Discuss - What do you know/What do you want to know about 9/11
• Read class handout, "What Happened on 9/11?"
• Watch video segment about Portland Jetport from Zero Hour
• Watch History Channel timeline of what happened in New York - http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks/videos#911-timeline
• Discuss how 9/11 changed US (keynote)
• Watch and discuss (2B... 4B will watch on Wednesday) - Growing up in the Shadow of 9/11 (American University): http://www.growingup9-11.com/?page_id=14

Homework due Sept. 13:
• Actively read class handout, "What Were the Causes of 9/11?"
- circle and look up new vocabulary words - write definitions on the handout
- underline or highlight key points
- write a ? mark next to ideas that need clarifying or that you wonder about...






Friday,
Sept. 7
In class:
• Review Middle East map
  1. online map game (countries) - http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
  2. online map game (cities) - http://www.mapquiz.net/en/geography/middleeast01_ca_en/t1.html
  3. another game (you choose countries/cities): http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/middle-east-puzzle.html
  4. and another! - http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/mideastcapquiz.html
  5. class review game
• current events review + cartoon elements
• current events analysis... topic of interest to you related to Middle East using this Google Presentation link

Homework due Sept. 11:
• map quiz - Middle East map (will include everything you labeled - countries, cities, and physical features)


Wednesday,
Sept. 5
In class:
• Here is an overview for:
•Tolerance activity
• Time in library working on Middle East map


Homework due Sept. 7:
• complete Middle East map, labeling countries, physical features, and major cities