2010 Lesson Plan Competition Winners and Their Award Winning Lesson Plans:
First Place: "Reality Check: You Won’t See These Muslims on TV"
Name: Ben Breault
Institutional Affiliation: KIPP Sunnyside High School
This unit was written for use in a school which provides special education services to emotionally disturbed and learning disabled from almost 50 diverse school districts in Western New York. Background knowledge about Islam and Muslims varies widely, but in general, the students know little about the subject and many have negative opinions of Islam and Muslims.
- Unit Plan
- Lesson Plans
- Turkish and Syrian Cities Powerpoint
- Who Are Muslims? Powerpoint
- Hate Crimes in the News Powerpoint
Second Place: “The Arts & Culture of the Berber Tribes of Morocco and the Sahara”
Name: Lorna Holmes
This lesson in art and art history explores the culture and traditions of the Berber tribes of Morocco, showing the interaction of the people’s history, lifestyle, and art.
Honorable Mention: "Ottoman Empire Unit”
This lesson includes a comprehensive PowerPoint and materials to teach about the politics, culture, and religions of the Ottoman Empire.
- Ottoman Empire 1 Powerpoint
- Ottoman Empire 2 Powerpoint
- Powerpoint Notes
Honorable Mention: “This I Believe -The Politics of Identity and the Headscarf in Modern Turkey”
Institutional Affiliation: Shepaug Valley High School
In this lesson, students learn more about the place of women in Islam by studying Islamic dress. Students read passages from the Quran, read articles about Muslim women, and examine photos of various styles of Islamic dress.
Honorable Mention: “A Day at the Beach”
In this geography lesson focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli situation, students use geography skills to plan a trip and then discover the role that politics plays in their ability to carry out their plans.
Honorable Mention: “Contributions of Islamic Civilization”
Institutional Affiliation: Pierce Middle School
Students examine primary source images and do short computer-based research to learn more about Muslim contributions to world civilization.
- Lesson Plan