Lesson Plans

Click on the links below to see the lessons listed by content area, subject/country, or grade level.
Then return to this page to find the lessons in alphabetical order.

 

Content Area: Geography -- History -- Literature -- Current Events/Politics -- Science (including Environment and Disease) and Math -- Culture and Gender -- Art and Music -- Foreign Language -- Economics

Subject/Country: Religions -- Holocaust -- General Middle East -- Comparative (Middle East to Other Regions) -- Israel/Palestine -- Ottoman Empire/Turkey -- Iran -- Iraq -- Armenia -- Balkans -- Cyprus -- Morocco -- Tunisia/Libya/Algeria -- Egypt -- Syria -- Lebanon -2- Afghanistan

Grade Level: Elementary (K-5) -- Middle School (6-8) -- High School (9-12) -- College/Adult

 

 Lesson Plans (Alphabetical Order) 

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Afghanistan through Youth Literature by Lisa Adeli
Content: Literature
Subject: Afghanistan
Grade Level: Middle School

Agriculture and Food of Cyprus by Denise Reilly
Content: Science/Environment and Culture
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School

Algerian Folk Tales and Grimm's Fairy Tales
Content: Literature
Subject: Algeria/Tunisia/Libya
Grade Level: Elementary 

All About Cyprus Powerpoint Presentation
Content: Culture
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: Middle School and High School 

All Roads Lead to Istanbul: 1550 World's Fair Simulation by Linda Waagen
Content: Geography and History
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

American Government Problem Based Learning: Create a Government for Iraq by David Rubin
Content: Current Events
Subject: Iraq
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Armenia in A Time of Change by Lisa Adeli
Content: History and Current Events
Subject: Armenia
Grade Level: High School 

Arts and Culture of the Berber Tribes of Morocco and the Sahara by Lorna Holmes
Content: Art and Culture
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Balkan Lesson Plan by Stacy Hercules
Content: History, Current Events
Subject: Balkans
Grade Level: High School, Adult  

Black Gold by Ashlee Beckett
Content: Geography
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Middle School

Blind Man and The Elephant by Laura Provencher
Content: Literature
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Children's Life in Armenia by Lisa Adeli
Content: Geography, Current Events, Culture
Subject: Armenia
Grade Level: Elementary

Compare and Contrast the Empires by Brian Croone
Content: History
Subject: Comparative
Grade Level: High School 

Conflict Resolution Mini Unit by Jennifer Turner
Content: History and Current Events
Subject: Comparative and Cyprus
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Contagion, Quarantines, and Cures in History: Case Study - the Ottoman Empire by Lisa Adeli
Content: History, Geography, and Science
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Contributions of Islamic Civilization by Saviz Safizadeh
Content: History
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Cross-Cultural Contact by Sarah La Brec
Content: Geography, Art and Culture
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: Elementary and Middle School

Cross-Cultural Exchange on the Trans-Saharan Trade Routes: A Cooperative Group-Work Mini-Unit by Anna Martin
Content: History and Culture
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: Middle School

Cultural Diffusion: The Impact of the Middle East on the Balkans Powerpoint by Lisa Adeli
Content: Culture
Subject: Comparative and Balkans
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Culture versus Capitalism in Rural Morocco by Elorie Bechtel
Content: Economics
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Cyprus Interdisciplinary Lesson by Julie Nedved and Jenn Muniz
Content: Geography, History, Current Events
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School

Day At The Beach by Karen Lieneke
Content: Geography and Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School 

Day in the Life of an Iranian Child by Shauna Little
Content: Culture
Subject: Iran
Grade Level: Elementary

Diasporas: The Great Geographic Dislocations of History by Barbara Williams
Content: Geography, History
Subject: Turkey, Comparative
Grade Level: High School

Exploring Turkey through Online Collaboration by Susan Kopecki and Maria Avery
Content: Geography, History, Art
Subject: Turkey, Comparative
Grade Level: Middle School
Note: This is a series of lessons and activities developed by some fabulous educators and posted on a blog.

Florentine and Ottoman Women of the 14th – 16th Centuries: A Comparative Curriculum Unit by Louise Forsyth
Content: History and Culture
Subject: Comparative and Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School and Adult  

Footprints Across Cyprus: A Virtual Fieldtrip of Cyprus' Landscape and Culture by Diane Godfrey
Content: Culture
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Geography of Great Empires by Barbara Williams
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Comparative and Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School 

Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews during the Holocaust, The
Content: History and Literature
Subject: Holocaust
Grade Level: Middle School 

How History Shaped Literature and How Literature Changed History: Serbs and the Battle of Kosovo by Lisa Adeli
Content: Literature and History
Subject: Balkans and Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

 

 Importance of Cyprus During the Crusades by Jeremy Church
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School  

In Search of Aphrodite’s Rock by Heather Kiser
Content: Literature and Geography
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School 

International Holiday Unit by Amanda Tanbal
Content: Culture and Literature
Subject: Religion and General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Introduction to Islam by Roxanne Taylor and Jayme Taylor
Content: Culture
Subject: Religion
Grade Level: Middle and High School

Introduction to Islam Powerpoint by Lisa Adeli
Content: History
Subject: Religion
Grade Level: Middle School and High School  

Iranian Hostage Crisis by Julie Nedved
Content: History
Subject: Iran
Grade Level: Middle School and High School 

Iranian New Year by Lisa Adeli
Content: Culture
Subject: Iran
Grade Level: Elementary

Iran, Iraq - What's the Difference? Powerpoint by Lisa Adeli
Content: Culture
Subject: Iran, Iraq and General Middle East
Grade Level: Middle School, High School and Adult 

Islam by Dara Weller
Content: Geography, History, and Culture
Subject: Religions
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Islam Fact and Fiction: Overcoming Stereotypes by Saviz Safizadeh
Content: Culture
Subject: Religion
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Islamic Women by Chris O'Brien
Content: History and Culture
Subject: Religion and General Middle East
Grade Level: High School and Adult  

Iznik Tile Design by Michelle Molnar
Content: History and Art
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: High School

Kite Runner by Robert Mossman
Content: Literature
Subject: Afghanistan
Grade Level: High School

Kurds: People without a Country by Lisa Adeli
Content: History, Geography and Current Events
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High Schol and Adult

Lesson on Islam by Pren Woods
Content: Culture
Subject: Religion
Grade Level: Middle School

Librarian of Basra by Shari Lossou-Lossavi
Content: Literature and Current Events
Subject: Iraq
Grade Level: Elementary

Maslow's Hierarcy of Human Needs and Naguib Mahfouz's Midaq Alley by Omar Hakim
Content: Literature
Subject: Egypt
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Measuring the Travels of Two Adventurers: Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta by Cheryl Wiens
Content: History, Geography, and Math
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Middle School

Middle East and North Africa by Debra Ballweg
Content: History, Geography, and Culture
Subject: General Middle East, Religion
Grade Level: High School

Middle East Debates by Chris Sperry
Content: Current Events/Politics
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School and College/Adult

Middle Eastern Money by Lisa Adeli
Content: Science and Current Events/Politics
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary 

Middle East Related Lesson Plan: Learning From Current Event Articles by Hortensia Cota
Content: Current Events
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Middle School 

Moroccan Specialty by Jeannine Kuropatkin and Cheryl Wien
Content: Culture
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: Middle School and High School 

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Morocco: Storytelling, A Window Into Culture by Jessica Setzer
Content: Foreign Language (French) and Culture
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: High School  

Morocco: Understanding through the Elements by Kimberlee Johnsen
Content: Geography
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: High School  

Mosaics of Cyprus by Greg Burch
Content: Art
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School

Mosque Design by Jessica Silverman
Content: Art and Culture
Subject: The Ottoman Empire and Religion
Grade Level: Middle School 

Muslim Holocaust Rescuers by Lisa Adeli
Content: History
Subject: General Middle East, Balkans and Holocaust
Grade Level: High School and Adult  

My Silk Road Journey by Sharlyn Scott
Content: History and Geography
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School 

Nasreddin Hodja: Turkish and Middle Eastern Folklore Philosopher by Joyce Daigle
Content: Literature, Culture
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Elementary

 

Night of the Moon by Laura Provencher
Content: Literature and Science
Subject: Religion and General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Ottoman Empire News Broadcast by Jennifer Turner
Content: History
Subject: Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School

Ottoman Empire Unit by Stacy Hercules
Content: History, Culture, and Geography
Subject: Ottoman Empire and Balkans
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Ottoman Geography Lessons: “What’s in a Name?,” “Eye of the Beholder,” and “People and Places” by Brenda Bonine
Content: Geography and History
Subject: Ottoman Empire and Balkans
Grade Level: High School  

Ottoman Lesson Plan by Karen Michels
Content: Geography and History
Subject: Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School  

Ottoman Lyric Poetry by Danita Dodson
Content: Literature and History
Subject: Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: High School  

 

Palestine/Israel - 1948: One Event, Two Perspectives by Samia Shoman
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Palestinian - Israeli Conflict - A Lesson in Perspective Powerpoint  by MaryLynne Fillmon
Content: History and Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School

Palestinian-Israeli Issue/High School English by Lisa Adeli
Content: Literature and Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School and Adult 

Palestinian-Israeli Issue/High School Social Studies by Lisa Adeli
Content: History and Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School  

Peace and Perspective through Poetry by Tina Anima
Content: Literature and Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School

Persian New Year Math - Lesson Plans for Grades 2, 3, & 4 by Lisa Adeli
Content: Math, Geography, Culture
Subject: Iran and Central Asia
Grade Level: Elementary School

 

Postwar Reconstruction by Lisa Adeli
Content: Current Events/Politics
Subject: Afghanistan
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Quran Powerpoint by Max McCulley
Content: Culture/Gender
Subject: Religion
Grade Level: Middle School, High School and Adult

Ramadan by Lisa Adeli
Content: Culture
Subject: Religion and General MIiddle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Ratios and Proportions in Turkey by Marsha Mallinger-Ruben
Content: Science
Subject: Turkey
Grade Level: Middle School

Read Aloud Literature by Vicki Waxman
Content: Literature
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Reality Check: You Won’t See These Muslims on TV by Benjamin Breault
Content: Current Events and Culture
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School

Region by Any Other Name by Janet Hall
Content: Geography
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Rug Activity for Children
Courtesy of CMES and Tucson Collects: Tribal and Village Rugs from Arizona Collections
Story by Ovadan Amanova-Olsen
Content: Art
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: Elementary

Sharing Jerusalem's Landmarks by David Cedor
Content: Culture
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: Middle School and High School 

Sports, Politics, and Social Change in the Modern Middle East by Lisa Adeli
Content: History, Culture, and Current Events
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School

 

Teaching the Book Tasting the Sky by Patricia Hutchinson
Content: Literature and Geography
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: Middle and High School

Teaching Unit on the Trans-Saharan Trade, 700-1450 C.E by Thomas Holmes
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Morocco and Comparative
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Teach Ottoman Empire by Abbey McNair
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Ottoman Empire and Balkans
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Teenage Assassins and the Outbreak of World War I by Lisa Adeli
Content: History
Subject: Balkans
Grade Level: High School

Thinking Critically about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Val-Jean Ofiesh
Content: Current Events
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School

This I Believe -The Politics of Identity and the Headscarf in Modern Turkey by Wendy Youngblood
Content: Current Events and Culture
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey and Religion
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Tiles For The Sultan by Gili Sherman
Content: Art
Subject: Ottoman Empire
Grade Level: Elementary

Tuning in to Turning Points by Lisa Adeli
Content: History
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School

Turkey: Bridge Between East and West by Carole Barnes and Barbara Martin
Content: Geography
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Middle School

Turkey Joining the European Union  by Sigma Colon
Content: Literature and Current Events
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: High School

Turkey Trip by Chris Walden - Jones
Content: Geography and Current Events
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: High School

Turkish Delights: Hodja Tales by Cheryl Wiens
Content: Geography and Literature
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Elementary

 

United We Stand…Case Study: Cyprus by Lori Hare
Content: Geography and History
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Universal Thematic Study through the Moroccan Cultural Lens by Omar Hakim
Content: Culture, Art, and Literature
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Unraveling the Rug - Comparing the Richly Diverse Regions of the Ottoman Empire by Jeff Mann
Content: History and Geography
Subject: Ottoman Empire and Balkans
Grade Level: High School 

 

Use of Symbols in Egyptian Religion: Ancient, Coptic Christianity, and Islam  by Sharlyn Scott
Content: History and Art
Subject: Egypt
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Virtual Field Trip to Turkey by Kate Mahady
Content: Geography and Culture
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Visit to the Hagia Sophia by Jim Hauf
Content: History, Art, Culture
Subject: Ottoman Empire/Turkey
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

War and Remembrance by Lisa Adeli
Content: History and Art
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School and Adult

Water in the Desert by Jennifer Jenkin (Note: There is another, elementary school, lesson with the same title.)
Content: Science and Geography
Subject: Comparative
Grade Level: Middle School and High School

Water in the Desert by Jennifer Valentine (Note: There is another, high school, lesson with the same title.)
Content: Science and Geogrpahy
Subject: Morocco
Grade Level: Elementary

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Where I'm From, Many Perspectives or Just One? Identifying Perspectives from a Turkish-Cypriot, A Greek Cypriot, 2Pac, George Lyons and You - The Student by Jacqi Nicholson
Content: Literature
Subject: Cyprus
Grade Level: High School

 World War I in the Middle East - Diaries, Documents, and Diatribes by Lisa Adeli
Content: History and Literature
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School and Adult
World War I in the Middle East - Museum Research Project by Lisa Adeli
Content: Geography and History
Subject: General Middle East
Grade Level: High School
Writing on the Wall: A Lesson on Palestine and Israel by David Huebner
Content: Current Events/Politics
Subject: Israel/Palestine
Grade Level: High School
 

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