Lesson Plan Competition 2019

Deadline: September 23, 2019

Email your lesson plans to: adeli@email.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 (These will NOT be published with the lesson plan.)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 23, 2019. (You can enter any time before that date.) 

  • 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 2018 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 or CDs 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 or lesson plan CDs.
  2. You may email your lesson plans to: adeli@email.arizona.edu (preferred) OR mail the materials to: Lisa Adeli, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 845 N. Park Ave., Rm. 470, Tucson, AZ 85721.

I look forward to reading your innovative lessons.



- First place winners are:

"The House of Wisdom and Folio Creation" by Daniela Jimenez Gabb (New York, NY).This is a very well thought out and extensive middle school lesson that involves history, research, art, and learning about math, science, and other subjects. She includes all the materials needed and even a list of online sources to use in research. 

"Housing at Home and in Morocco" by Rose Potter (Austin, TX). This is a well-planned middle school lesson on comparing housing styles and how it relates to environment and culture. Students create their ideal MOROCCAN house as part of the project. 

"Syria: I Will Not Write Poetry for Anyone Else" By Valerie Person (Currituck, NC). This high school lesson uses maps and evaluation exercises, a video, and poetry to understand the Syrian refugee crisis.

- Honorable Mentions went to:   

“American Women Writers of Muslim Heritage” a website by Betsey Coleman (Indian Hills, CO). This is a wonderful high school/college lesson plan with great examples of literature from writers of Middle Eastern descent. It is a great way for students to connect with great literature that deals with topics such as being other in the U.S., immigration, coming of age, and women.

“Syrian Civil War and Human Rights Violations”  by Betsy Dardeshi (Doylestown, PA ). This is an interesting adult/college lesson where students use technology to communicate (through Tweets) about readings on different countries’ responses to the Syrian Civil War. It requires a background knowledge of the Syrian Civil War, a knowledge of how to use Twitter effectively, and the ability to read quickly.

“Good Morning! A Jordanian Breakfast Webquest”  by Sandra Makielski (North Kingstown, RI). This middle school lesson uses food to teach Jordanian culture. It also include geography elements.

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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