Resource Guide for Teaching the Contemporary Middle East
TeachMideast is an educational outreach initiative developed by the Middle East Policy Council. The website is designed primarily to give high school and community college teachers the foundation they need to teach about critical, complex, and intriguing subjects related to the Middle East. One of the resources on the site is Teaching the Middle East: A Resource Guide for American Educators,which includes comprehensive background essays that give essential context and information on key issues that teachers and students should be familiar with to better understand the Middle East. Each of the 10 chapters in this free teaching guide contains innovative and cross-disciplinary teaching tools that encourage critical thinking and use a multitude of activities, media, and sources to grab the attention of just about any type of learner. Teachers can delve into chapters such as “The Roots of Modern Islamism” and “The United States and the Middle East.” Accompanying suggestions for further learning, along with social studies standards, round out this adaptable new guide on the contemporary Middle East.
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