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The Reach of War - New York Times

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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting...more
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Students and teachers in search of broadly-based information on the Iraq conflict and its implications will do well here. The Times has an advantage in having regular, first-hand reporting that goes beyond headlines and photos to examine issues and atitudes.

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Use this site as a resource during a unit on current events in the Iraqi political spectrum. Students can use this as a source for a current events report during the unit or for additional research for a project or paper. This would be a great resource for a government or World history course.
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Anatomy of a Refugee Camp - Canadian Broadcasting Company

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Your students can experience life in a typical refugee camp with this interactive, in-depth tour. Using a small compass or map, visitors can navigate through the camp and learn about...more
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Your students can experience life in a typical refugee camp with this interactive, in-depth tour. Using a small compass or map, visitors can navigate through the camp and learn about the importance of various locations, including the reception center, food storage warehouse, health center, school, market, and meeting place. Related links to current events and organizations including Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross are provided.

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This is a great resource for a brief lesson on the background of what a refugee camp is. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before a class discussion of the refugee camps of Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. Teachers can either review this information before the class, or have students read the information in cooperative learning groups at classroom computers. This is a great resource for a government or World History class.

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Frontline - The Invasion of Iraq - PBS

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10 to 12
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This thought-provoking site brings together analysis from a variety of sources to help students understand the many facets of the war on Iraq. Interviews with war correspondents, policymakers,...more
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This thought-provoking site brings together analysis from a variety of sources to help students understand the many facets of the war on Iraq. Interviews with war correspondents, policymakers, and military leaders are presented along with a timeline of events, and a revealing video describing the bitter debate between the U.S. Army and the Pentagon. The teacher materials provided on the site assume that students have viewed a companion video; however, the "pre-viewing" lesson plan can be used independently to provide background knowledge or summarize a current events discussion.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! They incorporate the material on the site as well as the current events in the War of Iraq. This is a great resource for a US government or World History class.

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Muslims, Islam and Iraq - University of Georgia

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Help your students gain an accurate cultural understanding of the people of Iraq with this comprehensive resource that presents scholarly unbiased information. Topics include breaking...more
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Help your students gain an accurate cultural understanding of the people of Iraq with this comprehensive resource that presents scholarly unbiased information. Topics include breaking news, an interactive map of Iraq, the modern history of Islam, Muslim sects, underlying causes of the crisis, the Muslim response to the war, and so much more. Because of the overwhelming amount of information on this site, make sure that you provide some direction for your students. Use this source as a starting point for independent research projects, web quests, or current events analysis

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There is a TON of information on this site, so be sure to know what you are looking for if entering. One aspect that is extremely helpful are all the maps provided. Save and download some of the maps to use in presentation about the current or historical events in Iraq. Students are often confused about the geography of the Middle East, so the image can help them organize their thoughts. This sight would also be useful for any students completing a research project or paper on Iraq. Definitely useful for a government or World history classroom.

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Iraq: Year One - PBS

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The successes and failures of the Iraq war are examined in this lesson plan (aligned to national standards) that examines the status of reconstruction efforts in Iraq one year after...more
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The successes and failures of the Iraq war are examined in this lesson plan (aligned to national standards) that examines the status of reconstruction efforts in Iraq one year after the U.S.-led conflict there began. Students can review background information and analyze on-line news articles to consider whether or not coalition efforts have been successful. Based on their research, students are asked to project what they think should happen in the next year. This is a relevant and well-organized activity, perfect for a two-day experience in the computer lab.

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This is a great lesson plan, but if used will need to be updated for the current situation rather than that of 2005. If using this lesson plan, just make sure to add in the events of the past 5 years in addition to what their questions call for. This would be a great segway into a discussion of the war in Afghanistan in a government class.

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The War After the War - American Radioworks

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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with...more
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A team that includes former National Public Radio correspondents has created an audio-based web site that examines the various political, military, social, and economic issues with which both Americans and Iraqis must cope in post-war Iraq. It is an impressionistic view, but interesting nonetheless.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Iraq war and the War on terror that has pervaded US foreign politics for the better half of a decade. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity would work best with a follow-along or guide. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Who's Who in Post-War Iraq - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for ...more
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BBC's presentation on the key players in today's Iraq will help teachers and students sort out both the individuals and the many movements and factions that are now vying for influence in that nation. This one would make a great backgrounder for a discussion on balancing power in Iraq in the effort to build a democratic government there.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the War on Terror and the fighting in the Middle East. Because there is a lot of information on this site, this activity works best with a follow-along or guide to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating easy graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).
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Truth, War, and Consequences - PBS

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It has its own point of view, but the companion site for this PBS Frontline presentation covers many of the issues connected with stabilizing post-war Iraq and making it a ...more
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It has its own point of view, but the companion site for this PBS Frontline presentation covers many of the issues connected with stabilizing post-war Iraq and making it a functioning nation again. Try using this one as a discussion starter to explore the many interrelated issues.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities offered on this site! They not only incorporate the material on the website, but also current events in the Middle East. This is a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Beyond the War in Iraq - NPR

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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis...more
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National Public Radio's web content about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq offers a nice blend of interviews, factual reporting, and images from the scene. There's an emphasis on political, economic, cultural, and military issues and their relationships with one another. Try this one as a starting point for an in-depth current events discussion.

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Use this site as a resource for a class discussion on the effects of the Iraq war on both US soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This allows students to prepare for a class discussion adequately. This would be a great resource for a US government or history class.
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Islam: Empire of Faith - PBS

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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide...more
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This site explores the culture, religion, innovations, and historical figures of the Islamic civilization. The forerunner of many modern Muslim Countries, the lessons on this site provide wonderful background for world cultures courses. There are video clips from the original video production available as real time files, as well as interactive lesson plans.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This is a great way to introduce the background of the Islamic Empire as well as the spread of Islam across Europe, Asia and North Africa. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom desktop to allow for easy access and retrieval of the lesson plans!

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Bluepack Project - Academy for Educational Development

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The Academy for Educational Development is operating a project to provide backpacks with educational supplies to school children in Afghanistan. Teachers and parents may find this an...more
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The Academy for Educational Development is operating a project to provide backpacks with educational supplies to school children in Afghanistan. Teachers and parents may find this an attractive service opportunity for students eager to "do something" about the plight of civilians in Afghanistan and the middle east. The backpacks cost $10 each.

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For students interested in how they can help the economic and educational problems in Afghanistan, recommend this site as a means for them to get involved. While a teacher shouldn't require participation in a relief effort like this - it's still a great idea to pass it around in the hopes that someone can make a difference.

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Iraq - American Friends Service Committee - American Friends Service Committee

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AFS, a part of the Quaker tradition, has a long history of commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. This page offers substantive opportunities for those opposing the war with Iraq...more
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AFS, a part of the Quaker tradition, has a long history of commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. This page offers substantive opportunities for those opposing the war with Iraq to express their views and work to repair the damage to property and lives which the war will inevitably cause.

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Use the resources section of this side to provide students with one perspective of the war in Iraq. If students are working on a debate pro-ing and con-ing the need to continue fighting in Iraq, this would be a really great resource for the con side. This site would be a great supplement in a government or civics classroom.

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Mideast Maps from BBC - BBC

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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in...more
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Prepared as background material to the increasing tensions in Iraq and the rest of the mideast, this BBC map collection offers surprisingly detailed information on force strengths in various mideastern nations. The page includes links to similarly detailed information on other aspects of this looming conflict.

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Use these maps on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to text for a discussion or lecture on the war in the Middle East. Because of the focus on the Iraq War, these maps do a great job of emphasizing the impact of the military in these regions. These would be a great addition to a World History or Cultural Geography class.
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The Unseen Gulf War - Dirck Halstead

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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction...more
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This is a collection of haunting, disturbing battlefield photos taken by photographer Dirck Halstead shortly after the end of the Gulf War in 1991. There is much death and destruction here, but the presentation on the realities of war is all the more powerful because it simply lets the images speak for themselves.

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Teachers should PREVIEW THOROUGHLY before using in class.

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Muhammad - Legacy of a Prophet - PBS

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This web site - a companion to the PBS program of the same name - offers pofiles of both the prophet Muhammad and several contemporary American Muslims who describe the ...more
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This web site - a companion to the PBS program of the same name - offers pofiles of both the prophet Muhammad and several contemporary American Muslims who describe the meaning of their faith. The web site contains additional historical and biographical information as well as background information on Islam.

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Try this one if your students are studying either the mideast, comparative religions, or American cultural traditions.

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Al-Bab.com

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We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different...more
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We have great difficulty finding understandable, unbiased sites about the Arab world. This one, created by an independent British scholar, does a credible job of making a very different culture accessible and understandable to Western readers. There is a wealth of resources, including news summaries and extensive cultural information.

tag(s): arab (18), egypt (67), iran (12), iraq (32), jordan (5), palestine (7)

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Teachers may find this site most useful as a backgrounder for their own use, though there is much here that, with proper guidance, would be useful for students.

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Global Connections - The Middle East - PBS

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Here's a really first-rate treatment of the Middle East, its three primary religious subtexts, and the relationship of these to issues like global economics, literature, and history....more
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Here's a really first-rate treatment of the Middle East, its three primary religious subtexts, and the relationship of these to issues like global economics, literature, and history. Users will find a wealth of time-lines, as well as a series of "connecting questions" about issues like the role of women, nation-states, and the impact of stereotypes on international perceptions about this region. Lots of "extended thinking" opportunities here.

tag(s): arab (18), israel (17), middle east (30)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities available on this site! Because of the international focus, this would be great in a world history course OR a US government class.
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Iraq and Saddam Hussein - the War on Terrorism

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East California University's librarians have created a very useful, thematic collection of current links to resources dealing with Iraq and efforts, peaceful and otherwise, to bring...more
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East California University's librarians have created a very useful, thematic collection of current links to resources dealing with Iraq and efforts, peaceful and otherwise, to bring it into compliance with UN mandates. For secondary students, the topic headings themselves will serve to demonstrate the complexity of the situation.

tag(s): iraq (32), terrorism (49), united nations (8)

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Teachers will find a rich set of resources here for comparisons, case-building, and other challenging activities.

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Face to Face - Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy - ITVS

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You will need a high speed connection to use this site, but those who have one will find it an insightful collection of spoken narratives dealing with reactions to the ...more
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You will need a high speed connection to use this site, but those who have one will find it an insightful collection of spoken narratives dealing with reactions to the September 11 attacks from Muslim and Japanese Americans. While the experiences of these two groups vary significantly, these audio essays raise important issues in a thoughtful way that invites further discussion and examination.

tag(s): japan (61), terrorism (49)

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This site could be used as a "trigger" for a high school history or government class. Teachers will want to preview this material, and should be prepared for lively discussions that it will likely generate.
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Who's Who in Iraq - BBC

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This BBC site begins by admitting that Saddam Hussein is really the only "who" in Iraq, but it goes on to identify some of the other leading figures in a ...more
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This BBC site begins by admitting that Saddam Hussein is really the only "who" in Iraq, but it goes on to identify some of the other leading figures in a regime known for rapid personnel shifts. Older students may find this one useful as a way of putting faces to some of the names that are certain to be in the news in the days and weeks ahead.

tag(s): iraq (32), middle east (30)

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Although this site is a few years out of date, it still has some pretty good information as to how Hussein came to power as well as the political make-up of his regime before it toppled. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to read the information in cooperative learning groups. Use this site as the basis of a biography of Saddam Hussein, before allowing students to explore other avenues in their groups. Have cooperative learning groups create online books of their biographies using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This is a great activator to a lesson on unit on the War in Iraq as well as the role of the UN in international conflicts. This could easily benefit a cultural geography, US history or government class.
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