The following content includes both TeachMideast and partner content. Not all lesson plans may be fully aligned, but the material offers a great launching point for your lessons and help you to shape your own ideas.

The Founding Fathers and Islam: An Essay and Discussion Prompts for the Classroom

With more than 55 million items, the Library of Congress Manuscript Division contains the papers of 23 presidents, from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. In this article, Manuscript Division Chief James Hutson draws upon the papers of Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other primary documents to discuss the relationship of Islam to the new nation. The [...]

Who Speaks for Islam Teaching Guide

Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think Teaching Guide John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Copyright © 2008 Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved. About the Book Are we on the verge of an all-out war between the West and 1.3 billion Muslims? When the media searches for an answer to that question, [...]

Teaching About 9/11

With the recent fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the events and reprecussions of that day in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania have been incorporated into most social studies curricula across the country. However, teachers face the unique challenge of teaching a "current" event about which students have no memory. Generally, the subject is [...]

A Primer for Teachers: Syria’s Refugees

Important Questions and Answers about the Syrian Refugee Crisis for Educators Migrants in Bregana, Croatia, near the border with Slovenia. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times. Sept 20, 2015. What led to the crisis? In 2011, Syrian security forces began responding to peaceful protests against the repressive Bashar Al-Assad regime with violence and [...]

Open Source Lesson Plan Collection

These lesson plans have been gathered from various outreach and learning centers dedicated to increasing understanding of the Middle East. The plans offer a great launching point for your lessons and help you to shape your own ideas. The lesson plans may not be fully aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, unless specifically noted. [...]

Muslims & Mapping

Who are Muslims? Discover the great diversity of the nearly one and a half billion people who belong to the community of Muslims. One way to begin to think about the "Muslim world" is to examine the concept of an average American. Is there such a thing as a typical American who embodies the essence [...]

Exploring Stereotypes with American Film and Television

Objectives/Abstract: This versatile lesson can be used with classes from middle through high school to enable students to understand how stereotypical portrayals are embedded into various entertainment outlets.Classes can use one of a variety of Hollywood productions as a vehicle for uncovering and discussing the effects of stereotypes at a particular period in time.  Another [...]

Comparing Maps of the Middle East Lesson Plan

Time: 1 class period Level: Grades 6-12 Materials: internet connection and projector or prepared powerpoint with maps of the Middle East such as those below Outcomes: Students will be able to discuss the characteristics of a geographical region, and to list characteristics of the Middle East that define it as a region. Students will be able to give a [...]