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found in: social studies; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

An educational initiative of the Middle East Policy Council, the newly reorganized and expanded TeachMideast provides K-12 teachers and students with lessons, activities, essays, teaching tools, timelines, maps, and multimedia resources on the Middle East and Islam.

In addition to lessons and tools, For Educators  includes the TeachMideast Digital Book. Sections cover diversity and pluralism, legacies of the great powers, and today’s Middle East. Chapters open with essential terms and can be expanded, printed, and/or downloaded as PDFs, for example, The Ottomans  ( PDF, 1.6 MB, 117 pgs.) covers approximately 1300 to 1900). Twenty-four Teaching Tools  provide an introduction to Arabic, maps, articles, a film & video list, and more. Links to Funding, Travel, and Study Opportunities are available. Some of the lessons on hand cover 9/11, Islam and our Founding Fathers, Muslims and Mapping.

For Students supplies digital resources, timelines, booklists, and glossary. An annotated list of Digital Resources includes a virtual walking tour of the Alhambra; Peacemaker, a game in which students try to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; a site with interactive tools to learn about Ottoman, Persian and Arabic calligraphy; 11 overlay maps comparing sizes of countries and continents: and more. Timelines has five detailed timelines of people, places, and events that can be downloaded and printed.

The Middle East in Focus is a source of more detailed information on the people, beliefs, cultures, history, environment, and political systems of the Middle East.

Country Profiles  covers geography, history, religion and more.

Multimedia Materials include primary source documents, websites organized by theme, educator tools, and audio & visual resources.


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