to be done in class NOT at home for “B”
You must be
able to defend your project as to which objective you have learned.
You will have one week to do
this. Choose the project to place in the middle of your Middle
Eastern Prayer Rug that suites your learning style. When you are
ready for me to evaluate your knowledge, on any objective/s, sign up
for a five-minute conference
to schedule your
- Imagine you are visiting one
of the Middle Eastern countries. Write a postcard to a
friend, telling about the geography (location, land and climate) of the
- In a small group of 3 or 4, create
a 20-question geography quiz based on a map of the Middle
East. Include one question for each country: (1) the use of
compass directions (Which country in the Middle East is farthest
south?) (2) the use of lines of longitude and latitude,
such as: Which capital city lies approximately 40°
north and 32° east? (3) relative/absolute location,
(4) a computer-generated map of the Middle East Region.
2a. Create a thick and
thin card game that includes: two-jump THICK questions (Why?, How?, Who might?, What will?, What if?, I
wonder why?) and one-jump thin questions (Who?, What?, Where?,
When?). See teacher pg. 110 BER
3. Fill out a Double
Open Mind GO: the Great Salt Lake and the Dead Sea talking to one
another about their uniqueness, location, physical characteristics, etc.
4. You are the Nile
Write a letter to the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers explaining the
importance of your existence and what cities have developed near you.
5. You are the Aswan
Write a fortunately, unfortunately poem about the pros and cons of
6. You are a desert plant
in the Sahara Desert. Create a comic strip conversation or
write a private talk between a tropical plant of the Rain Forest
explaining how you have adapted to the dry conditions, how the water
flows in a desert. Include vocabulary such as, oasis, deltas,
aquifers, qanats, desert streams, etc….. The comic strip can be
drawn or electronic.
7. You are the Suez Canal.
Illustrate snapshots or create a letter in a bottle about the
movement of people and goods through your region. Include why you
were built and how a canal works.
- Interview Princess
Basma Bint Ali or another significant Middle Eastern (SW Asia or North
Africa) individual or group of individuals that interest you.
List 10 facts on the front of an envelope (see me) and their
contribution to society. At the bottom of the envelope write
Who Am I? Inside of the envelope, place his or her
picture with name above the picture.
- Write a good-bye letter from
the Kaaba (the holiest place in the Islamic world) to the Muslim
(who has just come back from the pilgrimage) describing the pilgrimage
experience in detail.
- In a helpful reminder list
format for Arabic contributions to society: The Arabs have made
significant contributions to society, such as domesticating the
camel. List for me Arab contributions in math.
How valuable is the Arabic adoption of the nine numbers plus zero in
the Western Hemisphere? Research Roman numerals (major European
system until around 1000 AD). Write out an on-line chat
about three problems using both Roman and Arabic numerals. Which
system do you recommend?
economy and environment
- Fortunately, Unfortunately
Poem (include what people do for a living, natural resources and
environmental problems that exist, farming technology, crops grown,
irrigation techniques, controlling groups that set production
limits). The parts will include the USA and the Middle East.
- Create a graphic organizer
(or see me) and give words or phrases associated with oil. Write
the word oil in the middle of your paper. Create a word tree
branching out from the root word, oil. Site your source where you
found the information on back.
- RAFT the importance
of diamonds to Israeli industry in the format of an argument.
Diamonds make us think of glistening jewelry. However, they have
an equally important use in cutting and abrasive tools. When they
are used for these purposes, they are called industrial diamonds.
(See teacher manual WR 352)
arts and recreation
- Design a mural
depicting the 3 activities of a typical Middle Eastern bazaar; for
example, bargaining or the performance of music.
- Read the story
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp and retell the story in the
media of a open mind memory search. See teacher.
- Read about the three
Persian Gulf Wars.
Answer several thick and thin questions, such as, When, where,
why? How does the USA fit in? Pictures? Military Combat
- Create answers for three
thin questions: How many countries are there in the world?
What is the United Nations? How many countries are
You must be
able to defend your project as to which objective you have learned and
site the sources you have used at the bottom of your report.
- Create/Burn a CD to
reveal your thinking about: People from the Middle East are
frequently featured in news reports, as well as on film and
television. What impression do you receive of this region from
the mass media? (Also see teacher manual WR pg. 354)
- Create/Burn a CD to
reveal your thinking about: How important do you believe oil and
agricultural fertilizer are to the world economy? What
problem can arise when one region holds a large portion of a single
- Gas prices regularly
fluctuate as a result of many factors, one of them being the amount of
oil produced by OPEC. Check with a local service station to
determine changes in the price of gasoline at the pump over the past
few months. You may want to contact a local fuel
distributor/producer, such as Moore Well Service, to find
out reasons for variation in prices of petroleum products.
- Should OPEC have the
power to set production limits on oil? Argue your
answer that provides your rationale (reasoning). Should state or
federal government have the power to set the recent limitations for
smoking? Lottery monies? Gun control? in the USA?
- Do you think the US was
justified in taking military action in 1991?
- Should the US and it allies
have gone on to overthrow Saddam Hussein?
a memo to President Bush telling him what you have learned so far
about the geography, economy, religion, language, and problems the
Middle Eastern people face.