Middle East Studies
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Friday
June 12

In class:
• Final exam (in our classroom)
• Exam question: How successful were the 2011 uprisings in Egypt? Evaluate both positive and negative effects of the "Arab Spring." Use your background knowledge and the documents provided to support your response.







Thursday
June 11

In class:
• Presentations of research projects
- Egyptian economy - link
- Muslim Brotherhood - link
- Morsi - link
- al-Sisi - link
- Women's rights - link
• Arab Spring protest art - link

Homework for 6/12
• Review presentations / study for final exam.





Tuesday
June 9

In class:
• Protest art
• Continue research / conference with me / work on presentation

Homework for 6/11
• Finalize presentation on your assigned topic.





Friday
June 5

In class:
• Play Egyptian Senet game about Arab Spring protests
• Begin research on topics about Egypt post-2011

- Everyone should read this brief primer - link

- Egypt's economy (Ravi and Tyler) - some links to get you started:
-- http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/2014/05/15/economic-challenges-facing-egypt-s-next-president/hauc
-- http://www.mei.edu/content/egypt’s-economic-challenges

- Muslim Brotherhood (Sarah and Ian) - some links to get you started:
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-12313405
-- http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/03/world/africa/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-explainer/

- Mohamed Morsi (Noah and Sofie) - some links to get you started:
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-18371427
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24772806

- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Jake and Nathan) - some links to get you started:
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-19256730
-- http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/egypts-president-says-he-talks-to-netanyahu-a-lot/2015/03/12/770ef928-c827-11e4-aa1a-86135599fb0f_story.html

- Women's Rights (Lilly and Tessa) - some links to get you started:
-- http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-arab-women-spring-analysis-idUSBRE9AB00O20131112
-- http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/in-egypt-sowing-the-seeds-of-gender-equality/

Homework for 6/9
• Do research / create Google Slide presentation about your assigned topic. Be mindful of the sources you read (potential bias).

• Other helpful sources:
-- http://www.npr.org/2015/02/11/385396424/examining-the-4-years-since-egypts-arab-spring





Wednesday
June 3

In class:
• Finish "Color of Paradise" and discuss
• Read & share excerpts from "Taxi" about Egypt's underlying social and economic problems

Homework for 6/5
• Read about the history and current challenges of Coptic Christians in Egypt from this Smithsonian article. Record (on your computer or on paper) 5 things you found interesting and/or important in the article.





Monday
June 1

In class:
• Watch film, "Color of Paradise"

Homework for 6/3
• No homework





Thursday
May 28

In class:
• Deliberation (graded discussion) on US policy in Afghanistan

Homework for 6/1
• No homework - enjoy the weekend!





Tuesday
May 26

In class:
• Update on ISIS in Iraq -
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/25/world/iraq-amanpour-pleitgen-mutlaq/index.html

• Camp Victory segments
• Discuss text: Part III - Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11/2001
• Afghan geo quiz (Cornerstone assessment)

• Prepare for deliberation on US policy in Afghanistan. Every student should find data (at least one graph, map, etc.) that supports the option you'll discuss during the deliberation. Print this and bring it to class on Thursday. Be sure the source is valid and be sure to cite the source.

You may use information from one of these sources or from another source:

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/Oct2014_Report_Final.pdf

http://abcnews.go.com/International/afghanistan-/story?id=27903947

http://abcnews.go.com/US/fullpage/operation-enduring-freedom-end-era-afghanistan-war-infographic-27900596

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/news/articles/bilmes-iraq-afghan-war-cost-

• Data visualization - http://afghansurvey.asiafoundation.org/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/27/pentagon-running-out-of-time-to-find-mass-of-missi/?page=all

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/232588-pentagon-isis-nascent-in-afghanistan

http://www.gallup.com/poll/167471/americans-view-afghanistan-war-mistake.aspx

http://www.gallup.com/poll/179897/suffering-afghanistan-hits-global-record-high.aspx

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/niallmccarthy/files/2015/02/20150203_Terror_Fo.jpg

http://www.blog.thesietch.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/costofiraqwarnytimes.gif

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/theaters/afghanistan/?page=2

Homework for 5/28
• Prepare for deliberation (graded discussion) on US policy in Afghanistan.
Every student should find data (at least one graph, map, etc.) that supports the option you'll discuss during the deliberation. Print this and bring it to class on Thursday. Be sure the source is valid and be sure to cite the source.





Thursday
May 21

In class:
• Segments from videos - "Obama's War" and "Camp Victory"

Homework for 5/26
• Study for a map quiz on Afghanistan (this is a cornerstone). Complete reading, "Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11/2001" and answer questions on back page of handout if not yet completed.





Tuesday
May 19

In class:
• Geography and history of Afghanistan

Homework for 5/21 (5/26)
• Get started on reading "Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11/2001" and answer questions on last page of handout. We'll have a cornerstone quiz on Afghanistan geography on 5/26... so please read this handout/answer questions and prepare for quiz by 5/26.





Friday
May 15

In class:
• Iran cornerstone quiz
• Yemen conflict (map / concept map the conflict)
- Link (USA Today - Key players)
- Link (BBC - Yemen Crisis: Who is Fighting Whom)
- Link (Nat'l Geo - Key Questions and Answers)
- Link (CNN - What's Going On? What's Next?)
- Link (BBC - Yemen Conflict in Pictures)
- Link (BBC - Yemen Timeline)
- Link (NYTimes - Mapping Chaos in Yemen)
- Link (WashPost - Friends and Enemies in Yemen graphic)

Let's also talk about which of these resources you find most helpful.

Homework for 5/19:
• No homework - we'll start our study of Afghanistan on Tuesday.





Wednesday
May 13

In class:
• Deliberation - US policy toward Iran
• Links to explore:
- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32114862
- http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/20/world/middleeast/Iran-nuclear-timeline.html?_r=0#/%23time243_10809
- NYT Upfront article

Homework for 5/15:
• Study for a map quiz on Iran (this is a cornerstone).





Monday
May 11

In class:
• Learn about UN Security Council
• Iran nuclear negotiations simulation

Homework for 5/13:
• Read CHOICES role play option





Thursday
May 7

In class:
• Update! Israeli elections - link
• Iran - early history
• Timeline - oil nationalization
• Timeline - modern history - add to your portion of the timeline of Iran's history - Google Doc link
Video recap - US history with Iran
• Government structure today (class handout)

Homework for 5/11:
• How to become a nuclear power (complete class handout) - link to complete here.
• Watch three videos (each video is 1-2 minutes long) and add three ideas (in total) on your sticky note. Be sure this is attached to your nuclear handout for Monday.
- link 1
- link 2
- link 3





Tuesday
May 5

In class:
• Watch March 2015 interview with President Assad
• Share articles (post also to blog)
• Discuss US policy/strategy regarding ISIS

Homework for 5/7:
• Label a map of Iran (handed out in class). These links may be helpful:
- Terrain - link
- Nuclear sites - link
- Ethnic groups in Iran - link - (note I've just asked you to identify Arab and Kurd populations)
- Oil and gas resources - link
- Historical perspective: Persian empire map and Persepolis (now ruins)





Friday
May 1

In class:
• Debrief causes of Syrian protests (part of Arab Spring)
Map of Syria (shows contested areas)
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Report on Syria
• Angelina Jolie interview with Syrian refugees in Lebanon

• Read about Syria's chemical weapons attack (class handout)
• 60 Minutes episode with evidence of August 2013 sarin gas attack (warning: graphic images) - (aired April 19, 2015)
• 60 Minutes interview with President Assad and separately, President Obama about the gas attacks - (aired Sept. 15, 2013)

Homework for 5/5:
• Find an article related to Iraq or Syria (your choice - could be related to sectarian tensions in Iraq, refugees, Daesh/ISIS, civil war in Syria, US diplomatic efforts, etc.). Once you find an article of interest, check here to see if someone else already has chosen it. Add your name and article to the list. (First come, first served.)

Please post your analysis of the article to the blog using these criteria / review rubric linked here. Be ready to discuss your article in our next class. (I recommend you draft first in Pages or Google Docs and then post.)

This is a cornerstone, so over the course of the semester you need to achieve a score of 80% or higher on one of the current events responses. If you did not achieve that score last time, this is a great opportunity to dig in and write and share a thoughtful response.

Please complete test corrections (optional) for the Israel-Palestinian quiz. You can see steps and exemplars for completing test corrections here. Test corrections completion deadline is extended to 5/5.





Wednesday
Apr. 29

In class:
• Iraq geography quiz (cornerstone) and history quiz
• Read about Syria's government before Arab Spring protests started in 2011.
• Watch 60 Minutes segment on US concerns about Syria in 2003

Homework for 5/1:
• Complete reading / notes on the beginning of protests in Syria in 2011.

• Please complete test corrections (optional) for the Israel-Palestinian quiz. You can see steps and exemplars for completing test corrections here. Test corrections completion deadline is extended to 5/5.





Monday
Apr. 27

In class:
• ISIS primer (link to presentation) + read ISIS handout
• New York Times interactive map - link
• Why Sunnis and Shia’s are fighting in Iraq (WashPost video)
• Change of leadership in Iraq (handout)
• The Islamic State - 60 Minutes - link

Homework for 4/29:
• Study for a quiz on Iraq. This will include a closed-note quiz on Iraq's geography (Cornerstone) and an open-note quiz on Iraq's history. (See review sheet.)





Wednesday
Apr. 15

In class Mr. Weiss' room - 606:
• Watch 60 Minutes - Unfinished Business
Faces of the Fallen (Washington Post) - US soldiers who died in Iraq - link
War casualties (Washington Post) - link
Cost of war (Reuters) - link

Enjoy April Vacation!





Monday
Apr. 13

In class:
• Finish Frontline segment, Losing Iraq and discuss

Homework for 4/15:
• No homework.
• Class location has changed for Wednesday. Sophomores and seniors, please go to Mr. Marstaller's room (601) changed to Mr. Weiss' room - 606 - for class. Please bring headphones to class.





Thursday
Apr. 9

In class:
• Discuss Iraq - Regime Change homework
• Watch Frontline segment, Losing Iraq (stopped 33:30)

Homework for 4/13:
• What are the lessons for the US from the war in Iraq? Read this Time magazine article. Using the handout from class, summarize in your own words in 1-2 sentences the author's key ideas for each section. Please add your own thoughts - agree/disagree/question - in each section.





Tuesday
Apr. 7

In class:
• Watch segments from travel/interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan
• Iraqi geography / timeline of modern history

Homework for 4/9:
• Read handout on Iraq - Regime Change and answer questions on back page.





Friday
Apr. 3

In class:
• Israel-Palestine test

Homework for 4/3:
• No homework - enjoy the weekend. We head to Iraq on Tuesday.





Wednesday
April 1

In class:
• Finish PROMISES
• Read poetry about the conflict
• Review for test over Israel-Palestine

Homework for 4/3:
• Review for a test over the history and current issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict.






Monday
Mar. 30

In class:
• Report out current events related to Israel/Palestine
• Small group discussion of Tasting the Sky
• Continue PROMISES

Homework for 4/1:
• No homework... use this time to catch up on missing work if you are missing any!





Thursday
Mar. 26

In class:
• Report out current events related to Israel/Palestine
• Continue PROMISES

Homework for 3/30:
• Read chapter from "Tasting the Sky" and respond to questions on back page of handout.





Tuesday
Mar. 24

In class:
• Review maps
• Israeli election update - link
• Palestinian leadership - Hamas / Fatah division - link
• Start PROMISES film

Homework for 3/26:
• Find an article related to Israel/Palestine (your choice - could be related to US/Israeli relationship, the recent elections, etc....). Please post your analysis of the article to the blog using these criteria / review rubric linked here. Be ready to discuss your article in our next class.





Friday
Mar. 20

Seniors only in class:
• Work on current issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Homework for 3/24 (note deadline):
• Reading/notes on more current issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict (look for Google Doc in Google Classroom folder). This is a big assignment, and due to class disruptions with CEP, is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 3/24.





Wednesday
Mar. 18

Seniors only in class:
• Israeli election - http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/14/world/israel-knesset-explainer/
• Israeli election results - link (scroll down to see likely coalitions)
link about Hamas/Fatah unity
• Gaza crisis link

Homework for 3/24 (note deadline):
• Reading/notes on more current issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict (look for Google Doc in Google Classroom folder). This is a big assignment, and due to class disruptions with CEP, is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 3/24.





Monday
Mar. 16

In class:
• Go over Ottoman Empire/British Mandate quizzes
• Label current map - Israel / Palestine
• Jewish settlements in West Bank
• 60 Minutes - Jerusalem: City of David
• 60 Minutes - Iron Dome + link to data about Gaza conflict
• Bedouins affected by conflict - link

Homework for 3/24 (note deadline):
• Watch the news - Israeli elections are tomorrow!
• Reading/notes on more current issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict (look for Google Doc in Google Classroom folder). This is a big assignment, and due to class disruptions with CEP, is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 3/24.





Wednesday
Mar. 11

In class:
• Rounds 2 & 3 of simulation




Homework for 3/24 (note extended deadline):
• Reading/notes on more current issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict (look for Google Doc in Google Classroom folder). This is a big assignment, and due to class disruptions with CEP, is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 3/24.





Monday
Mar. 9

In class:
• Ottoman Empire/British Mandate quiz
• Begin simulation - Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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Homework for 3/11:
• Read class handout / take notes on yellow note sheet in order to be ready for the next round of the simulation.





Thursday
Mar. 5

In class:
• Debrief homework reading / add to notes

• Read and discuss op/ed piece on ISIS/Sykes Picot
• Review for quiz over breakup of Ottoman Empire/British mandate

Homework for 3/9:
• Review for quiz over breakup of Ottoman Empire/British mandate.






Tuesday
Mar. 3

In class:
Breakup of Ottoman Empire presentation, including discussion of Armenian Genocide


• Brief segments on the role of Lawrence of Arabia in uniting Arab tribes against Ottoman rule (Blood and Oil video)

Homework for 3/5:
• Read class handout on the British Mandate and answer related questions.





Friday
Feb. 27

In class:
• Khan Academy - art
• Check in on art/architecture contributions
• Partner quiz
• Headscarf @ Abercrombie? - link
• Humans in New York video - inspiration for life

Homework for 3/3:
• No homework!





Wednesday
Feb. 25

In class:
• Islam quiz
• Continue to learn about/find examples of Islamic art and architecture and add to the documents linked on 2/23 for geometric design, architecture, and floral design.
• Virtual Tour of the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque - open link in Safari
• Create your own artwork!

Homework for 2/27:
• Be sure to complete your contributions for each of the four examples of Islamic art and architecture.





Monday
Feb. 23

In class:
• Update on Coptic Christians in Libya
• Islam in Middle East / Iran (PBS - Frontline: Muslims video)
• Islamic art
- Calligraphy
- Geometric design
- Architecture
- Floral design

Homework for 2/25:
• Review Islam handout and be prepared for a quiz over important terms (this word wall may help).







ENJOY YOUR VACATION!







Thursday
Feb. 12

In class:
• Islam - key aspects
• Veiling practices (link)
• Clips from PBS - Frontline: Muslims video







Tuesday
Feb. 10

In class:
• Christianity in Middle East (Keynote)
60 Minutes segment on Coptic Christians in Egypt
• Christianity vocab quiz

Homework for 2/12:
• Please read Islam handout.





Friday
Feb. 6

In class:
• Judaism quiz
• Politics in Israel (Knesset, controversial nationality law, tensions with Ultra-Orthodox communities, upcoming elections)
- Gender issues - link
- Military service - link or link

• Basics of Christianity

Homework for 2/10:
• Read Christianity handout and be prepared for a quiz over important terms (this word wall (this Quizlet may help).
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Wednesday
Feb. 4

In class:
• Discuss Cornerstone assessments
• Debrief Aladdin assignment
• Test your knowledge of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
• Judaism overview
• Ask a Rabbi segments (Passover, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah)

Homework for 2/6:
• Read Judaism handout and be prepared for a quiz over important terms (this word wall and Quizlet will help).





Monday
Feb. 2

SNOW DAY












Thursday
Jan. 29

In class:
• Course introduction and syllabus
• Picturing the Middle East
• Map work on the Middle East

Homework for 2/2:
• Watch this clip from the film Aladdin (viewing more than once will be helpful) and respond to the questions on your class handout.