Middle East
Teacher's Guide

April 8, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Abeja - Iran: Where Houses Have No Furniture
Kids' Version available

The Team stays with an Iranian family in a small village near Esfahan. This article discusses some customs and cultural differences, and the experience of being a curiosity to the neighbors.

Most students have spent the night at a friend's house. What cultural differences did they find at the friend's house? Even if the family is of the same culture and religion, there are always differences in how families function in their home.

Monica - Flowers, Words, and Shapes: Islamic Art in Iran.
Kids' Version available

The Team explores examples of Islamic art in the town of Ghazvin, Iran

What art styles can your students define as being indigenous to their area? Check out the Getty's Art Education Website for many different genre's of art - http://www.artsednet.getty.edu - and ways to teach art.

Brian - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Persian Architecture, And All before Dinnertime

The Team traces the development of Persian architecture from the 12th century BCE to the 18th century CE through the use of a time machine.

What kinds of architectural styles are found in the area of your students? How many of your students know what the oldest building is in your community? Ask them if they are aware of the historical significance of many old buildings.

Abeja - In the Name of Allah

The Team visits the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, and learns about Islam and the division between the Sunni and the Shi'ite Muslims.

How has religion played a part in shaping the country of your students? Has religion played a large role? How have religion and politics worked together? Students can research political splits based on religious differences. Example - Ireland's Roman Catholic vs. Protestant struggle.

Team - Turn Off That Faucet! Water Doesn't Grow on Trees, You Know

The Team discusses the merits of conserving water. Examples of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, dam projects in India, and water projects in the US illustrate the need for conservation. Good tips are given that can be used by students to save water.

Have your students make a checklist to be used at home for water conservation. You can also plan a visit to a water conservation organization or have a representative from the organization come speak to the class.

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