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Mid East Nation Study

Length of Time:   Time Out of Class for Research and Writing


To help students understand the complex forces that shape events related to Iraq and the entire region, they will each become an expert about one nation. Central to this project will be learning about the geography, history, economy and politics of their country. They will also reflect on the burgeoning Arab Spring and impact within their country. COMPANION ACTIVITY TO High School Lesson: Middle East FORUM

Essential Questions

What are the key issues facing the nations of this crucial area of the world?
How might individuals and nations hope to solve some of the problems they face?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

World History I: The World from the Fall of Rome through the Enlightenment

The Emergence and Expansion of Islam in 1500

The Encounters between Christianity and Islam to 1500

The Growth and Decline of Islamic Empires


World History II: The Rise of the Nation State to the Present

Industrial Revolution and Social and Political Change in Europe, 1800-1914

WH1II.11 Describe the causes of 19th century European Imperialism

The Great Wars, 1914-1945

WHII.19 Major developments in the Middle East before World War II

The Cold War, 1945-1989

WHII.38 Nationalist Movements in the Middle East

WHII.39 Establishment of the state of Israel and resulting conflicts in the Middle East

Contemporary World, 1989-Present