If you have a link that you believe would be helpful to other teachers, please email Associate Director Julie Ellison-Speight - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources To Use in the Classroom:
Discovering the Atlas Mountains (geography of Morocco)
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.
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 by 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.
Other Types of Resources:
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.
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 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.
A site dedicated to Middle Eastern music. The site has photos, sound clips, songs with translations, and other resources.
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 - Classroom 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This site provides materials, links, and professional opportunities
A site which provides resources for learning Moroccan Arabic.
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.
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.
Full of links, resources, activities, and current scholarship.
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.
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.
A visual history of war, religion and government. Of particular interest are the maps chronicling the Iraq War.
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