Useful Links

This page is designed to give teachers a guide to internet teaching resources that can be applied to teaching about the Middle East. All of the links will be to outside sources and therefore, the Outreach Office cannot be responsible for their content. The Outreach Office would like to thank Barbara Williams of Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona for supplying some of the links listed below.

If you have a link that you believe would be helpful to other teachers, please email Outreach Coordinator Lisa Adeli.

Resources To Use in the Classroom:

YouTube Videos:

Discovering the Atlas Mountains (geography of Morocco)

Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca, Morocco)

Ancient Mesopotamia

A Land Called Paradise (a great introduction to the variety of Muslims living in the U.S. and the world)

1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (about medieval Muslim contributions)

Mehter Marsi (about the Ottoman Empire - and the Janissaries)

How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring (in 4 parts - about 15 minutes each)

a fun Palestinian music video (everyday life and fun, no politics)

Lesson Plans/Curriculum Units:

Media Construction of the Middle East: A Digital Media Literacy Curriculum
A site which provides useful lessons with visuals and the use of primary sources which high school/college students analyze to understand the role of the media in interpreting Middle East issues.

Middle Eastern American Resources Online
A site which offers teaching resources on Middle Eastern-Americans.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Indian Ocean History
A site which provides an interactive tour through the history of the Indian Ocean trade routes.  (The many lessons which go with it cover world history, economics, geography, and literature standards.

Choices
The Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies is developing project-based teaching units for high school classes, many of which are free for teachers to use. Check out their recent lessons on Afghanistan and on the 2011 Arab Spring revolts that you'll find in the middle of the webpage.  

Ramadan Lantern Lesson Plan
Published my America's Muslim Family Magazine, this lesson plan allows students to make their own Ramadan lanterns like those which are hung in Middle Eastern countries during the holiday.

This website has a HUGE number of lesson plans, including geohistory, geoliteracy, geoSTEM, and other versatile lessons. All are listed by grade level and are easily implemented in a classroom.
 
A full downloadable curriculum.
 
A World History curriculum about the region around the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Curricular materials by Edsitement.

Other Types of Resources:

A website created by a high school teacher as part of Fulbright project, there are short videos, interviews, and texts about everything from Palestinian skateboarders to Israeli comic book creators.

Children and Youth in History
A site that has teaching resources about various regions of the world. This site includes lesson plans and primary source documents.

15-minute podcosts on different historical topics, many of them Middle East-related

The African and Middle East Reading Room
A division of the Library of Congress with images and literature from Africa and the Middle East.

A site that provides geography online games in order to learn the countries, capitals and bodies of water of the Middle East.

Bank Notes.com
A site that provides information about and pictures of currency from around the world.

The University of Chicago Middle East Library Archive
A site that provides an archive of photos from the Middle East.

Al-Mashriq
A site dedicated to Middle Eastern music. The site has photos, sound clips, songs with translations, and other resources.

A site from the University of Texas at Austin which contains maps of the Middle East from various time periods.

Education World
An education website that provides professional development articles for teachers, lesson plans, and lists of resources that give accurate information about Islam. Just type the subject into the search box.

Center for Israel Education
This site is for the Center for Israel Education, a group dedicated to depicting Israel accurately. The site provides useful background information, lesson plans and other curriculum building information.

National Geographic - Educational Resources
A vast site encompassing all geographic areas of the globe, including the Middle East and North Africa. National Geographic supports geography education through high-quality lesson plans, current maps and map outlines, a teacher store and much more.

A free Annenberg Media set of videos, activities, lesson plans and more that can supplement any study of the Middle East. An intriguing feature is that it sees world history as an integrated whole and links commonalities. Very appealing to students. Also has World History Traveler with activities.
 
A teachers' resource of up-to-date scholarship and classroom ready materials and research. Superb quality and variety.
 
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Links to excellent and relevant materials. It has a particularly good section on Islam, as well as on areas and specific topics.
 
EdSitement - National Endowment for the Humanities
This has a huge variety of lessons and resources on all sorts of history, culture and language. Strongest Middle Eastern resources are those on the ancient world.
 
Best of History Websites
Links to over 1000 sites that have lesson plans, activities, games, quizzes and solid information. A product of the Center for Teaching History with Technology.
 
Mideast Images - Lessons from the Past for the Future
An online archive of images from the Middle East concerning topics of religion, people, design and architecture, and historic events. Also includes a showcase of ancient cities of the Middle East.
 
Women in World History Curriculum
Biographies, lesson plans, and other Web resources on women in world history including Shagrat al-Durr, a Sultan of Eqypt and Melisende, a Queen of Jerusalem.
Information/Professional Development for Teachers: 
 
Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC)
Established in 1981, the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is a national nonprofit organization working to increase public knowledge about the peoples places, and cultures of the Middle East, including the Arab world, Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. MEOC’s target audience is non-specialists at the K-12 and college levels, although its services are also relevant to broader community needs.
 
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
This site provides materials, links, and professional opportunities 
 
Friends of Morocco: Learning Moroccan Arabic
A site which provides resources for learning Moroccan Arabic.
 
30 Mosques 30 States
A blog of two friends who went to 30 mosques in 30 states throughout the month of Ramadan to better understand Islam in America.
 
Project Hijab
Published by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this is a set of interviews with women from the Muslim world about why they do or do not choose to wear hijab.
 
WebChron - The Web Chronology Project
A spectacular array of hyperlinked chronologies for the whole world. Particularly includes a chronology of Islam and of other religions, of the Middle East and Southwest Asia, of technology, art, music, literature and speculative thought.
 
The World History Association
Full of links, resources, activities, and current scholarship.
 
H-Net - Humanities and Social Sciences Online
This is a phenomenal and ever growing list of newsletters, postings, discussion boards, multi-media materials, and much more. Targeted to particular areas of interest and scholarship.
 
The Virtual Library
This Swiss site has links to many regional studies and history locations.  It is especially good for different viewpoints and links to journals, publications, etc.
 
Maps of War
A visual history of war, religion and government. Of particular interest are the maps chronicling the Iraq War.
 
Teaching Tolerance - Tolerance.org
Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. Great resources on teaching about Arab-American experiences in the classroom.

Title VI National Resource Centers in Middle Eastern Studies

Title VI National Resource Centers in Middle Eastern Studies are funded by the Department of Education and charged with committing resources to Middle East outreach. Click here for a list of centers and links to their websites.

 

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