The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies has recognized the Openendedsocialstudies lesson The Dubai Mall, Sharia Law, and Social Norms as part of its annual lesson plan competition. The lesson is adaptable for use in both middle school and high school classrooms, and uses the rules and code of conduct posted at this fabulous mall’s entrance to introduce students to norms of the Arab world.
How and why do social norms and laws in Muslim majority countries differ from those in countries like the United States? Would students still want to visit greatest mall in the world if it meant following a different set of rules than they’re used to?
Check out our ever growing (and always free!) set of lessons, resources, and activities covering the Middle East.
Ms. Rita Ulrich, a Fulbright-Hays fellow, traveled to Bulgaria and Greece in 2017 to better understand the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. She recently contributed her lessons – detailed text appropriate for the middle or high school classroom, complete with creative activities and guided reading questions. It’s everything you need to humanize this unfolding human tragedy for your students.
There are also plenty of free lessons featuring other nations currently in the news.
Learn how you can submit your own work to Openendedsocialstudies.org.
What are the basic teachings of Islam, and what does it mean to be a Muslim? Continue reading “Five Pillars to Hold Myself Up: What do Muslims Believe?”
After bidding Bahrain a fond adieu, our TEACH Fellowship delegation proceded to the global crossroads of the region – Dubai, the richest of the United Arab Emirates. On first blush, the city itself is sprawling and urban and at the remove of the airport gives no sense of the opulance and glamor with which it has branded itself. Though it definitely seems prosperous. Continue reading “November 16, 2016: Opening Eyes in Dubai”
What is the purpose of education? Is it solely for the individual’s benefit – so that he or she can get a good job and have a successful career? Or is it to produce a socially conscious citizen, someone who is curious and compassionate about the world and the people in it? Continue reading “November 14, 2016: Big Buildings and Bigger Ideas in Bahrain”
After a truly heroic 24 hours of travel – from Florida to Atlanta, Atlanta to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Qatar, and Qatar to Bahrain – I am proud to report that I am alive and well in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I’m here with a dozen other teachers on the TEACH Fellowship sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “November 13, 2016: Alive and Well in the Kingdom of Bahrain”