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Al-Bab.com

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6 to 12
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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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6 to 12
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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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Islamic Arts - Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization

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6 to 12
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The Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization offers an almost encyclopedic site on art and design in the Islamic world. The site includes extensive galleries and detailed articles...more
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The Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization offers an almost encyclopedic site on art and design in the Islamic world. The site includes extensive galleries and detailed articles on the various topics presented. Art or art history teachers will find this one an outstanding source of examples of art and craft from this complex culture.

tag(s): crafts (41), middle east (30)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to this unit or as review. This site would be a great resource for a classroom studying Islamic culture and history.

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NPR Middle East Transcripts - National Public Radio

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National Public Radio offers this index to transcripts and audio files of its recent reporting on the Middle East. Users can read or listen to each report. There are also ...more
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National Public Radio offers this index to transcripts and audio files of its recent reporting on the Middle East. Users can read or listen to each report. There are also additional links to middle east resources from NPR and other sources. Great site for "beyond the headlines" information.

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

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The entire NPR news feed is also available at this site.

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Muslims - PBS

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From the PBS Frontline program by the same name, this teachers' guide expands significantly on the content of the film itself. There are lots of discussion ideas, an Islam timeline,...more
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From the PBS Frontline program by the same name, this teachers' guide expands significantly on the content of the film itself. There are lots of discussion ideas, an Islam timeline, background information on Muslim customs in several different countries, and nice summations of the major tenets and observations of the faith.

tag(s): religions (61)

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This content could be useful in social studies or world cultures classes, whether you use the film or not.

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MidEast Backgrounder - CNNFyi

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6 to 12
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Providing a complete background on the troubles in the mideast region is a challenge even for this experts. This site offers lots of background information, chronologies, and biographical...more
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Providing a complete background on the troubles in the mideast region is a challenge even for this experts. This site offers lots of background information, chronologies, and biographical data to help students understand this complex issue.

tag(s): arab (18), israel (17), salem (6)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site guiding teachers on successful ways to use this site in their classroom. This site can also be used as a learning center or station during a unit on one or more of the conflicts in the Middle East. Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers to allow for easy student access and retrieval. Have students research further on the site one of the specific conflicts with the intentions of presenting their results to the class. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. Students can retell the events of the conflict in a way that visually corresponds with their descriptions. This would be a great resource for a Government or Cultural Geography class.

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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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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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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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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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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 (287)

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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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