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A Guide to Resources at CMENAS

CMENAS is dedicated to promoting a broader and deeper understanding of the MENA region, a critical and complex region of the world, both in higher education and in K-14 classrooms.

We have provided a multitude of resources to help K-14 educators teach MENA-related subjects. Our goal is to connect educators to current and pedagogically-sound resources on the Middle East and North Africa, and to minimize the amount of time and energy spent in developing new strategies to teach these subjects in the classroom. In this section, you will find lesson plans, online resources, recommended books/films, and resources for educators in Michigan. Click through the left-hand navigation bar or read on for more information.

Lesson Plans: Over 30 lesson plans categorized by subject, along with a brief description of the lesson plan.

Online Resources: Links to other National Resource Centers, departments at universities which receive Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education to feature K-14 educational materials on the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, you will also find links to the websites of non-profit organizations, think tanks, and educational institutions that feature teaching materials on the Middle East and North Africa.

Books, Films and Primary Sources: Recommended reading on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as film lists and databases of relevant primary sources.

MENA in Michigan: Newest offering—designed for and by educators in Michigan. Find resources specifically tailored to Michigan educators and the unique opportunities and challenges they face in the classroom.

Have anything to add to these resources? See something missing? Please let us know by emailing us at