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Lesson Plans

Below are lesson plans relating to MENA subjects. You will also find a brief description of the lesson plan and its components, such as learning objectives, time benchmarks, accompanying worksheets, and more. If you have anything to add to these resources, or see something missing, please let us know by emailing us at cmenas@umich.edu.

II. Islam

  1. An Introduction to Islam by Susan Douglass and Georgetown Univ. Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
  2. Arts of the Islamic World: A Teacher’s Guide by the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  3. Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity by Alison Kysia
  4. How to Look at a Qur’an by the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  5. Teaching about Muslims and Islam in the Public School Classroom: A Handbook for Educators by Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies
  6. Contributions of Islamic Culture by R. Newsted

VI. Country Specific Lesson Plans

  1. Teaching Norooz by Saviz Safizadeh

VII. Movement, Migration, and Diasporas

  1. The Middle Eastern American Experience: The Early Years by the Middle East American Resources Online
  2. Middle Eastern Americans in the Post-1965 Era by the Middle East American Resources Online
  3. Voices from the Heartland: Young Yemeni-Americans Speak by the Middle East American Resources Online
  4. Indian Ocean Travelers in the Medieval Era: Networks of Exchange Across the Hemisphere by Joan Brodsky
  5. Travel Project: Middle East by Havier Nazario
  6. Migration: Teaching Palestine and Israel by Layla Goushey, St. Louis Community College 
  7. Climate Change and Migration in the Middle East and North Africa by Mohsen Khani, Sinclair Community College
  8. Cultural Influences on Communication by Ekaterina Goodroad, Madison Area Technical College

VIII. Society and Governance

  1. Women & Gender by Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 US Curriculum on the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  2. Plural Identities by Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 US Curriculum on the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  3. Empire & Nation by Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 US Curriculum on the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  4. Political & Social Movements by Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 US Curriculum on the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  5. Arts & Technology by Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 US Curriculum on the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  6. Hydrogeography as an Instructional Template for World Regional Geography by Jeff Fesperman, Illinois Valley Community College
  7. Geography of the Middle East by Mohsen Khani, Sinclair Community College
  8. Water Scarcity, Food Security, and potential future conflicts in the Middle East: A Geographic Perspective by Mohsen Khan, Sinclair Community College