Block 3 Middle East Studies
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Tuesday
Jan. 20

In class:
• Current issues debrief
• CHOICES deliberation discussion - US policy toward Afghanistan

Homework for 1/20:
• Study for a quiz on Afghanistan's history and current challenges.





Friday,
Jan. 16

In class:
• Afghan geography quiz
• Watch segments from Camp Victory documentary
• Discuss Part II of the book
• Introduce role options for graded discussion (next class)
• Begin work on current issue in Afghanistan

Homework for 1/20:
• Read/prepare role options for graded discussion
• Complete analysis of current issue in Afghanistan (read a current issues article and respond to these questions):

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?

4. How does this article specifically connect to what we are studying in class?

5. What questions do you still have after reading this article?





Thursday,
Jan. 15

In class:
• No class - Poetry Out Loud assembly







Tuesday,
Jan. 13

In class:
• Watch segments from Camp Victory documentary

Homework for 1/16:
Study for an Afghan geography quiz.





Monday,
Jan. 12

In class:
• Watch and discuss Obama's War
• Class handout


Homework for 1/13:
Please complete readings and questions from Friday's class.





Friday,
Jan. 9

In class:
• Class time to read... (your choice)
- Part 1 of Story of My Life (identify 4 quotes from pp. 1-69)
- Read CHOICES Part III and respond to questions

Homework for 1/12:
Please complete readings and questions... due Tuesday (this is a change - was originally due Monday, 1/12).





Thursday,
Jan. 8

In class:
• Go over homework.
• Watch excerpts from Beyond Belief video

Homework for 1/9:
No homework.





Tuesday,
Jan. 6

In class:
• Continue discussion of Afghanistan's geography and history
• Start reading CHOICES Part II handout/answering questions on Afghan history

Homework for 1/8:
Complete Part II reading handout/answering questions on Afghan history





Monday,
Jan. 5

In class:
• Map work - Afghanistan
• Discuss Afghanistan's geography and history

Homework for 1/6:
No homework.





Friday,
Dec. 19

In class:
No class - holiday concert







Thursday,
Dec. 18

In class:
• Iran history test

Happy New Year!





Tuesday,
Dec. 16

In class:
• Review for test
• Start documentary, Our Summer in Tehran

Homework for 12/18:
Study for test on Iran.





Monday,
Dec. 15

In class:
• Discussion of US policy options regarding Iran's nuclear program

Homework for 12/16:
No homework.





Friday,
Dec. 12

In class:
• Simulation of 6-party positions and discussion on Iran's nuclear program

Homework for 12/15:
Read and think through your role play option for how the US might respond to Iran's nuclear program.





Thursday,
Dec. 11

In class:
• Debrief Rouhani as president
• How to become a nuclear power - link
Video clip on enriching nuclear material
Iran's nuclear sites - compare with your map

Homework for 12/12:
No homework.





Tuesday,
Dec. 9

In class:
• Discuss controversy around Iran's 2009 Presidential election.
Frontline video

Homework for 12/11:
Read this article to learn more about Iran's President elected in 2013. In a blog post (4 short paragraphs), include something you found interesting about:
- his political platform while running for office and/or the outcome of the elections
- his religious and/or political past and how that likely has shaped his political ideas
- his personal life
- his connection to Iran's nuclear weapons program





Monday,
Dec. 8

In class:
• Go over homework/discuss post-Revolutionary Iran
• Watch interview with then-Iranian President Ahmadinejad

Homework for 12/9:
No homework





Friday,
Dec. 5

In class:
• Discuss Iranian History - WWII - Iranian Revolution (1979)

Homework for 12/8:
Read class handout on post-revolutionary Iran and respond to questions.





Thursday,
Dec. 4

In class:
• Film - Color of Paradise

Homework for 12/5:
No homework





Tuesday,
Dec. 2

In class:
• Film - Color of Paradise

Homework for 12/4:
No homework





Monday,
Dec. 1

In class:
• Map work - Iran
Physical features map and series of maps (click to enlarge)
Ethnic diversity map
Sunni/Shi'a map
• Geopolitics of Strait of Hormuz - link
• Iran's early history presentation


Homework for 12/2:
No homework





Tuesday,
Nov. 25

In class:
• Discuss Lebanese politics and Syrian civil war spillover
- Link to Human Rights Watch video
- Refugee crisis in Syria spills over

Homework:
None - enjoy the break!





Monday,
Nov. 24

In class:
• 1/2 class - Syrian Bride
• 1/2 class - senior class meeting

Homework for 12/1:
No homework





Friday,
Nov. 21

In class:
• Watch Syrian Bride

Homework for 11/24:
Please read this article published last month. What evidence do you see about how the conflict in Syria is affecting people in the Golan Heights? Make a list of at least 5 detailed points in your own words.





Thursday,
Nov. 20

In class:
• How ISIS operates - link
• Areas under ISIS control - link
• US response to ISIS - link and discuss effects on Syria's Assad

Homework for 11/21:
No homework.





Tuesday,
Nov. 18

In class:
ISIS presentation
• Washington Post video overview
• 60 Minutes: Islamic State

Homework for 11/20:
Read this article, looking for information about how the fight against ISIS may be strengthening Assad's regime. We'll discuss this article in class.





Monday,
Nov. 17

In class:
• Open note quiz on Iraq and Syria (includes one-on-one discussion with me)

Homework for 11/18:
No homework.





Friday,
Nov. 14

In class:
• Discuss notes from Senet game on protest movement and this presentation on Syria and broader civil war
• Watch 60 Minutes segment - interview with Syrian President Assad about regime's response to protest movement and President Obama about proposed international action in response to chemical weapons attack

Homework for 11/17:
Look for a current events article related to the the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. Write a blog post including the following information:

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

3. What do you think about the article?

4. What questions do you still have after reading this article?





Thursday,
Nov. 13

In class:
• Map quiz Iraq
• Label map of Syria
• Play Senet game - learning about protest in Syria related to Arab Spring movement

Homework for 11/14:
• No homework.





Monday,
Nov. 10

In class:
• Debrief Bush's War
• Discuss Iraq's militia groups
• Read current article on militia groups in Iraq
- Article 1
- Article 2

Homework for 11/13:
• Study for a map quiz on Iraq (you will have a word bank). Be ready to:
- Label surrounding countries (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait)
- Label cities (Mosul, Kirkuk, Tikrit, Baghdad, Fallujah, Basrah)
- Label Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
- Label areas where Sunnis, Shi'as, and Kurds are the majority
- Identify areas of major oil/gas reserves






Friday,
Nov. 7

In class:
• Backtrack! Bush's War - link to learn about Iraq War 2003-2008. I encourage you to have your map out to follow locations as you read/watch.

Homework for 11/10:
• Finish Bush's War segments/notes if not completed in class.
• Read "10 Things We Learned from War in Iraq"





Thursday,
Nov. 6

In class:
• Guest speaker

Homework for 11/7:
• No homework.





Tuesday,
Nov. 4

In class:
• Learn about Jordan's King Abdullah and historic sites in Jordan
- Royal Tour

Homework for 11/6:
• Learn more about efforts at democratic reform in Jordan (2012) -
LA Times link. Add notes to the back of the handout you received in class today.





Monday,
Nov. 3

In class:
• Ethnic groups in Iraq (class handout)
• Discuss history of Iraq to end of US military involvement (class timeline)
• Watch Unfinished Business - filmed at end of US military involvement in Iraq in 2010

Homework for 11/4:
• No homework.





Friday,
Oct. 31

In class:
• In the news yesterday...
• Begin work on Iraq geography

Homework for 11/3:
• No homework.





Thursday,
Oct. 30

In class:
• Test on Israel-Palestine
• Read and respond to Naomi Shihab-Nye's letter

Homework for 10/31:
• No homework.





Tuesday,
Oct. 28

In class:
• Discuss archaeological dig for City of David (60 Minutes segment) and its implications for Israel's relationship with both Palestinians and the US
• Review for test

Homework for 10/30:
• Review for exam, which will be on Thursday, 10/30. Please be sure to review the presentations on this page of the website.
Heather's presentation - water resources - link
Barrett's presentation - Israeli key players - link
Andrew's presentation - West Bank wall - link
Elana's presentation - Palestinian key players - link
Danny's presentation


Natalya's presentation -






Monday,
Oct. 27

In class:
• Discuss Israel's controversial Iron Dome technology (60 Minutes segment) and its implications for Israel's relationship with both Palestinians and the US
• Review for test

Homework for 10/30:
• Begin review for exam, which will be on Thursday, 10/30. Please be sure to review the presentations on this page of the website.





Friday,
Oct. 24

In class:
• PROMISES extra scenes
• Begin review for unit test

Homework for 10/30:
• Begin review for exam, which will be on Thursday, 10/30. Please be sure to review the presentations on this page of the website.





Thursday,
Oct. 23

In class:
• Share poems
• PROMISES film

Homework for 10/24:
• No homework.





Tuesday,
Oct. 21

In class:
• PROMISES film

Homework for 10/23:
• Look through Naomi Shihab-Nye's book, 19 Varieties of Gazelle. Choose a poem that you like and be ready to share it with the class.





Monday,
Oct. 20

In class:
• Current issues presentations
• Start PROMISES film

Homework for 10/21:
• No homework.





Friday,
Oct. 17

In class:
• Current issues presentations

Homework for 10/20:
• Read chapter and respond to questions





Thursday,
Oct. 16

In class:
• Research/work on presentation for current issues presentation

Homework for 10/17:
• Continue work on research project





Tuesday,
Oct. 14

In class:
• Research/work on presentation for current issues presentation

Homework for 10/16:
• Continue work on research project





Friday,
Oct. 10

In class:
• Discuss Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai
• Begin research on current issue in Israel-Palestinian conflict

Homework for 10/14:
• Take notes on at least one source related to your current issues research. Look in our classroom Google Drive for the Current Issues research template and links.





Thursday,
Oct. 9

No class - Supreme Court visit







Tuesday,
Oct. 7

In class:
• Round 3 of Israeli-Palestinian simulation

Homework for 10/10:
• No homework.





Monday,
Oct. 6

In class:
• Round 2 of Israel-Palestinian simulation

Homework for 10/7:
• Read timeline handed out in class and answer graphic organizer handed out in class.





Friday,
Oct. 3

In class:
• Discuss upcoming Supreme Court visit
• Review homework on Palestinian mandate
• Begin Israeli-Palestinian simulation

Homework for 10/6:
• Read handout distributed in class, using the graphic organizer stapled onto the last page to take notes as you read.





Thursday,
Oct. 2

In class:
• Quiz - Ottoman Empire and its breakup
• Reading about British mandate
• Whose Jerusalem? + Flyover

Homework for 10/3:
• Finish reading text and answering questions on the British Mandate in Palestine.





Tuesday,
Sep. 30

In class:
• Continue discussion of role of British and French in reshaping the region after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
• Brief segments on the role of Lawrence of Arabia in uniting Arab tribes against Ottoman rule (Blood and Oil video)
• Begin review for a quiz

Homework for 10/2:
• Using class materials and your review sheet, study for a quiz over the reshaping of the region after WWI and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.





Monday,
Sep. 29

In class:
• Breakup of Ottoman Empire presentation


Homework for 9/30:
• No homework.





Friday,
Sep. 26

In class:
• Abdi's visit to share insights about Islam

Homework for 9/29:
• Complete current events analysis using guidelines and rubric posted here. We will post to our blog at the beginning of Monday's class.

Thursday,
Sep. 25

In class:
• Brainstorm questions for Abdi
• Take a virtual tour of the al-Haram al-Sharif (be sure to go to #26, the al-Aqsa mosque)

Homework for 9/26:
• Review your handout, "Test your knowledge of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity."





Tuesday,
Sep. 23

In class:
• Islamic art overview (text) and video 1 and video 2
• Find your own examples of Islamic art:
Geometric Designs - link to Google Doc
Architecture - link to Google Doc
Calligraphy - link to Google Doc
Floral Designs - link to Google Doc

Homework for 9/25:
• Complete work on art examples using Google Docs above (each student should find one example of the 4 kinds of art above).





Monday,
Sep. 22

In class:
• Islam vocab quiz
• Continue PBS Frontline: Muslims video

Homework for 9/23:
• No homework.





Friday,
Sep. 19

In class:
60 Minutes segment on Coptic Christians in Egypt
• Discuss Islam handout
• Begin PBS Frontline: Muslims video

Homework for 9/22:
• Study for Islam vocab quiz.





Thursday,
Sep. 18

In class:
• Christianity in Middle East (Keynote)
• Christianity vocab quiz
• Begin reading Islam handout

Homework for 9/19:
• No assigned homework. Continue reading Islam handout. This word wall may help.





Tuesday,
Sep. 16

In class:
• Student Senate speeches
• Discuss Christianity in Middle East

Homework for 9/18:
• Read Christianity handout and be prepared for vocab quiz on the terms on this word wall (this Quizlet may help).





Monday,
Sep. 15

In class:
• Review/discuss Judaism handout
• Discuss politics in Israel:
- Knesset link 1
- Knesset link 2
• Judaism vocab quiz

Homework for 9/18:
• Read Christianity handout and be prepared for vocab quiz on the terms on this word wall (this Quizlet may help).





Friday,
Sep. 12

In class:
• report out/debrief 9/11 interviews
• discuss how life has changed in US as a result of 9/11
• Begin reading about history/key beliefs/practices of Judaism

Homework for 9/15:
• Read Judaism handout and be prepared for vocab quiz on the following words (this word wall and 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,
Sep. 9

In class:
• 9/11 FAQs http://www.911memorial.org/faq-about-911
• Mrs. Barr visits to help set up blogs
• Video segments on 9/11

Homework for 9/12:
• Conduct an interview about 9/11 (please see below)





Monday,
Sep. 8

In class:
• Middle East map quiz
• What do you know about 9/11? What do you want to know?

Homework for 9/12 (no class on 9/11 because of summer read discussions):
• Conduct an interview with someone who vividly remembers the events on 9/11. Make a copy of this Google Doc and follow guidelines for your interview.





Friday,
Sep. 5

In class:
• Review Middle East map
  1. online map game (countries) -http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
  2. another game (you choose countries/cities):http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/middle-east-puzzle.html
  3. and another! - http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/mideastcapquiz.html
• Review editorial cartoon elements

Homework for 9/8:
• Study for a map quiz over Middle Eastern countries using the links at left. (Only responsible for countries/features on the map you labeled. Some of these games have other countries included you don't need to study.)

Thursday,
Sep. 4

No class - computer roll out







Tuesday
Sep. 2

In class:
Introduction and course guide
• Tolerance activity
• Learning style activity
• Work on Middle East map

Homework for 9/5:

• Finish labeling Middle East map