Lesson Plan Competition 2020

Deadline: September 20, 2020

Email your lesson plans to: jellison@arizona.edu
Please include your name and school (email address optional) on the lesson plan. And please email me your mailing address, school name and address, etc. (These will NOT be published with the lesson plan.)

Note: If your lesson plan is "published" on our website, it is still your property and can be put on other websites or even published in print sources if their rules allow.






Teachers of all grade levels (K-12) and content areas: You could win cash, prizes, and prestige by entering our lesson plan competition! See the directions below - and a list of this year's winners below that.

The deadline to submit lesson plans for consideration in this year’s competition is September 20, 2020

  • Teachers are invited to submit one or more Middle East-related lesson plans they have created.
  • Winning lesson plans will be shared widely with educators through our outreach program.
  • The CMES 2020 Outstanding Lesson Plan Award will consist of a cash prize for the winning teacher and a collection of resources for use in the teacher’s school.  Second place winner(s) will receive a cash prize and a selection of resources for use in the teacher’s school. 
  • School officials of the authors of all lessons chosen for “publication” on our website will be notified of the teacher's accomplishment.  (Any lessons put on our website remain the property of the teacher who authored the lesson and can be included on other websites/materials as well.)  
  • Lesson plans may be in any content area or at any grade level.  They should be in a format ready to be used by other teachers who might not have a strong background in the subject presented and should include a concise outline of the academic K-12 standards addressed.  Resources necessary for the lesson plans should be noted, and if any readings or materials are needed to implement the lesson plan, they must be submitted along with the lesson plan.
  • You should include your name and school (email address optional) on the lesson plan. 

To Enter:

  1. Send more detailed contact info. (address, phone number, address of school, school district) in the body of the email or on a separate page.  This will NOT be included when the lesson is published on our website.
  2. You may email your lesson plans to: jellison@arizona.edu AND sbs-cmesoutreach@arizona.edu.

I look forward to reading your innovative lessons.



- First place winner is:

“Ceuta and Melilla: An African Gateway to Europe” by Sara Damon (Stillwater, MN). This is a visual and highly engaging online high school lesson that is easy for teachers to use. It involves issues of borders and migration.

- Second place winner is:

"Jews on the Move: Migration of Moroccan Jews" by Teresa Seabol (Moore, OK). This is a thorough 2 day high school lesson on the migration of Moroccan Jews. It includes a variety of authentic materials and 6 stations where students learn about different topics.

- Honorable Mentions went to:   

“Where in the World is Jordan?” by Joan Boyle (La Jolla, CA). This is a wonderful elementary school geography lesson plan with interactive maps and great resources. Boyle uses wonderful pictures taken by a colleague during a trip they took to Jordan. 

“Examining Modern Morocco through Murals and Migration”  by Tara Ann Carter (St. Petersburg, FL ). This is an interesting high school lesson where students learn about Moroccan culture and society by studying murals and migration. It encourages literacy of non-traditional text forms while learning about Moroccan history and culture. The lesson draws on the use of both non-fictional and fictional texts on migration to further enable students to craft their understanding of the modern nation.

"Mapping the Spread of Ideas and Cultures of Morocco"  by Deanna Jones (Santa Maria, CA). This middle school lesson teaches students about history, geography, and culture through Muslim travelers. The lesson can be used over 4-6 class periods. It allows students to engage with the material through writing and presentations, and helps them build their knowledge about Middle Eastern history and geography.

“Life in the Borderlands: Morocco and Spain Inquiry”  by Mariah Pol (Portage, IN ). This middle school lesson is designed for three 75-minute class periods and leads students through an investigation of how Morocco has been influenced by its neighbors. By examining the compelling question “What are the effects of borders?” students investigate how Morocco’s border has changed over time and the impact this has left on both the country's history and world history.

"The Kite Runner, Culture, and U.N. Goalsby Emily Robinson (Atlanta, Georga). This high school lesson is designed for high school English classes studying The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It looks at the book through the perspective of U.N. goals in Afghanistan. 
To see these and over 100 other excellent lessons that were chosen for publication on the website, click here: LESSON PLANS . Note: You can click on one of several indexes to search by grade level, subject or country/topic. 


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