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Take a Walk in my Shoes - TeachersFirst

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7 to 9
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A lesson that uses the original partition of Israel in 1947 to examine the cultural conflicts in the middle east. Students use a series of role plays to understand the ...more
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A lesson that uses the original partition of Israel in 1947 to examine the cultural conflicts in the middle east. Students use a series of role plays to understand the issues and emotions that abound in the region. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): israel (17), palestine (7)

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Ths lesson plan include student handouts and technology options for students to share their projects several ways. Teachers can easily differentiate the challenge level of projects by specifying which tools to use.
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The CIA on Afghanistan - CIA

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6 to 12
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A thorough, factual rundown on the country, containing political, economic, geographic, and other background information. Good starting point for a study of the country itself. From...more
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A thorough, factual rundown on the country, containing political, economic, geographic, and other background information. Good starting point for a study of the country itself. From the CIA World Fact Book.

tag(s): afghanistan (7), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to current political problems in the Middle East. Open up factbook pages for the United States and some of the other countries bordering Afghanistan and compare and contrast their statistics. Could any of these statistics have an impact on the political problems there today? Use this site as a tool to spur discussion among students that deals with real world problems rather than those in a textbook.

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The Afghan Taliban - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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9 to 12
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A 1998 article from the Washington Report on Middle East affairs authored by a former professor at the University of Kabul. ...more
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A 1998 article from the Washington Report on Middle East affairs authored by a former professor at the University of Kabul.

tag(s): afghanistan (7), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Although this is more than ten years out of date, there is a lot of reliable information here that can be used to establish a background for the current conflict in Afghanistan. Use this site as an activator for a unit on the modern conflict today. Have students read the article for a class discussion on it's accuracy and whether or not the events have played out as the author predicted. This would be useful in a Government or Cultural Geography classroom.

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Terrorism - Federation of American Scientists

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9 to 12
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The Federation of American Scientists has created a frequently-updated listing of terrorism reports and resources, including government reports, background articles, and related information....more
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The Federation of American Scientists has created a frequently-updated listing of terrorism reports and resources, including government reports, background articles, and related information.

tag(s): terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Use this site as a reference for a class debate on the success of US intelligence in handling the threat of terrorism in the past decade. This site would obviously have to be supported by other resources, but would definitely be a great starting point for student research. This would be a useful resource in a US government class.

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Countering the Threat of International Terrorism - Federation of American Scientists

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The Federation of American Scientists published this report - authored by a distinguished group. It provides excellent summaries of terrorist activity and suggested responses, as well...more
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The Federation of American Scientists published this report - authored by a distinguished group. It provides excellent summaries of terrorist activity and suggested responses, as well as significant background information.

tag(s): terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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The reading here is both dense and full of high-level vocabulary that almost limit its usage to that of an AP classroom. However, if your readers are able, this could be used in a class debate or discussion about current events in the Middle East.

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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9 to 12
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This site is published by the Kingdom of Jordan and offers a retrospective on the history of that nation in the 20th century. Jordan's conciliatory policies have given it a ...more
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This site is published by the Kingdom of Jordan and offers a retrospective on the history of that nation in the 20th century. Jordan's conciliatory policies have given it a special role in current Mideast affairs, and this site can help students understand how those policies evolved.

tag(s): jordan (5)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as an activator to a lesson or unit on Jordan. This would be a useful site for a world history or Cultural Geography course.

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Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently. ...more
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This Israeli government site offers up-to-date information about government and life in Israel. The site is updated frequently.

tag(s): israel (17)

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Use this site as part of a current affairs project within a history or government class. Have students compare the articles they read here with articles from US papers on similar subjects. Have students compare and contrast the articles by bias, coverage, information and focus via research project OR short in class assignment. If using the activity in class, have students compare the two perspectives via Venn Diagram on classroom computers or the Interactive whiteboard. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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The Islamic World to 1600

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9 to 12
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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers...more
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Here's another introduction to Islam, this time from the University of Calgary. It's intended as a succinct college-level tutorial, but it contains a wealth of facts for either teachers or AP students. Well worth exploring if you're interested in this period.

tag(s): middle east (30)

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Use this site as a means to help students review the major concepts of the Islamic Empires to 1600. Teachers can allow students to complete it as an in-class assignment or post it to their teacher webpage to allow them to do it independently. This would be a helpful resource for a World History class.

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Shia

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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students....more
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Shia discusses the differences between shi'ite and more dominant Islamic traditions. The adult reading level and very dense content level will make this material challenging for students.

tag(s): middle east (30)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on World Religions, specifically during a lesson on the differences between the two muslim sects. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning groups with the intent of summarizing the main points in a presentation piece. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Fog of War - Washington Post

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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by...more
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The Washington Post presents this extensive site which examines the conduct and consequences of the Gulf War in 1991. Complete with maps, damage assessment charts, and commentary by former commanders, the site chronicles the war's effect on the middle east while discussing the problems inherent in managing a limited conflict. Good starting point for a discussion of the interplay between military, political, and diplomatic interests in American foreign policy.

tag(s): middle east (30)

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Use this site as an extended learning center during a lesson(s) on the Gulf War. Because there is a lot of information on this site, we recommend creating a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what is the most important. For help creating easy sheets, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Middle East Information Network

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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources....more
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This is an easily navigated guide to the cultures, religions, and history of the middle east region. It contains a combination of original content and links to third party sources. The site does a reasonable job of remaining balanced in presenting a region in which almost everything has political overtones.

tag(s): middle east (30), religions (61)

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Teachers may find the description of Islam particularly useful.

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Washington Post - Washington Post

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This site provides students with in-depth coverage of the conflict in the Middle-East While coverage ceases in 2005, the information is still valid and can be used to provide ...more
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This site provides students with in-depth coverage of the conflict in the Middle-East While coverage ceases in 2005, the information is still valid and can be used to provide background information to the problems that still exist today.

tag(s): middle east (30), newspapers (94)

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In a unit concerning the problems in the Middle East, use this site as an activator or introduction to some of the background information student should know before understanding current events. Explore the site with students via interactive whiteboard or projector. Upon reading the articles, create a concept map as a class to explore conflict beginnings and evolution. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.

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65 History Twitter Feeds - Glenn Wiebe

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8 to 12
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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list ...more
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This site offers a wonderful list of Twitter feeds to consider if you are just starting out or if you are adding to your feed related to history. The list includes the Twitter name with a link and a short description. Feeds include the Library of Congress, quotes and sayings from Thomas Jefferson, and HistoryDay (see what happened on this day in history). Feeds are separated into categories such as media, educators and students, and military to help navigate the different types.

tag(s): congress (33), history day (23), twitter (50)

In the Classroom

Create a classroom twitter account and choose feeds to follow that relate to classroom studies. Assign different students to follow the feed each week to summarize and review. Challenge students to find other history Twitter feeds to follow. Have students create a Twitter account as a historical figure as part of research projects. Looking for more ways to use twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter from TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Mapeas - mapeas.com

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4 to 12
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Find news videos from around the world in a unique way. Mapeas video links are located on a Google Map. Go to the specific geographical area of the world you ...more
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Find news videos from around the world in a unique way. Mapeas video links are located on a Google Map. Go to the specific geographical area of the world you want and click on the links. Larger dots contain more videos in that area. There are dots that indicate a news story in business, entertainment, or general. Continue to click on the dots until there are actual videos to choose from. Stay informed with current events around the world with this site.
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tag(s): maps (288)

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Use this site to find events occurring around the world. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Research about many of these events to understand the history, culture, and background of the problem or event. Research other such events that may have occurred elsewhere in the world. Report findings using a blog, wiki, or through class discussion. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Challenge students to find their own news stories and create a short multimedia project highlighting "the news" by creating a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced) to explain their news story that they researched. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).
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