Southwest Asia and the Middle East

Donnie Herneisen

Social Studies
Hood River Valley High School

Student Name: ______________________Parent Signature: ______________________ (5 pts)

This Layered Curriculum unit will consist of an exploration of the geography of Southwest Asia & the Middle East region. IMPORTANT: Choose activities that will help you learn the objectives listed below. 

Must be completed by __________________________! 

“KNOW IT” LEVEL Minimum Points: 90 pts.      Maximum from KNOW IT Level: 105 pts. 


When you have completed this unit, you will know:



  1. Set up a 3-ring binder notebook for this class. This can be just a section of a binder you use for other classes. Collect your past assignments. Organize your binder in the following order: Syllabus, Notes, Handouts, Old Assignments.  
    Once organized, show to Mr. Herneisen. (10 pts. _______)
  2. Complete the Southwest and Central Asia Mapping Lab. (50 pts. _______) 

Geography: (Choose 3)

  1. Listen and take notes on Herneisen’s lecture “Middle East Geography” lectures.  
    5 pts. each day         
    5         5           Show these notes to Herneisen after finished. 
  2. Complete the Middle East Map – label all visible countries and bodies of water. Be prepared for the 7/7 quizzes. (10 pts. ______ / _______) 
  3. Read Pgs. 346-355 and take notes. DO NOT DO PAGE 353. (10 pts. ______ / ______) 
  4. Listen to the podcast of the Unit 6 Introduction and take notes. (10 pts. ______ / ______) 
  5. On a separate sheet of paper, complete the Middle East Un-Scramble Worksheet and word search. (10 pts. _____ / ______)

History: (Choose 2)

  1. Listen and take notes on Herneisen’s “History of the Middle East” lectures. 5 pts. per day.
  1. Watch the video “Roots of Religion” (50 minutes) and take notes. Be sure to focus on the background of the Sumerians and the beginnings of each religion. (10 pts. ______ / ______) 
  2. Watch the video “Israel & Palestine: The Fight for Peace” and take notes. Know and understand the roots of the conflict, and why there is still no peace. (10 pts. ________ / ________)