Research  |  Panel Meeting  |  Writing your Essay  |  Designing your presentation  |


1. Among your group, decide who is going to play the role of the Reporter, Geographer, Local Citizen, or the Political Analyst. Research the information indicated for each of these roles, and follow the directions listed below the research in each of the sections. Remember, your audience wants to learn from your experiences, so they are not destined to repeat history.

2. Compile your notes following your research. Your answers should be thorough, and show an understanding of the web resources you researched. Use concrete detail and cite your sources (MLA format for citations) for each of the answers.

3. Conduct research for your time period:

                    1900-1925        1925-1950        1950-1975        1975-Present

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Panel Meeting

1. Each panel member takes a turn in the group presenting the material. Maintain the role you have chosen to represent.

2. Share your information from your research with the entire panel.

3. Your fellow panel members should take notes on what you present.  Keep in mind that, as a member of an elite panel, you are presenting one piece of an historical puzzle. Your goal is to educate about what your world was like, so that others can "walk a mile in your shoes."  To help you stay on track, use the Note-taking Guide.

4. Decide how to make your pieces of the puzzle fit together to have the greatest impact on your audience. It is possible you may choose to represent one event in your time period from all four different perspectives. No matter how you choose to represent your time period, there should be consensus among the group as to how the pieces fit together cohesively.  To help you decide on the event you would like to cover, use the Panel Meeting Decision Matrix.

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Writing your Essay

1. After you have met with your panel, outline the events you would like to present in your essay.

2. Maintaining the role you have chosen, write an essay which synthesizes the information from your research.

        Your Essay should:

bulletbe written from your role's perspective. (i.e. the Reporter will write a news column, the Local Citizen a journal entry or letter to family, the Geographer a report on land use, the Political Analyst a news commentary or editorial).
bulletinclude concrete details from your research you conducted about your time period (i.e. names and dates of specific events).
bulletinclude a in-text citations and a resource page (A.K.A. a bibliography or citations page).
bulletRough draft should be reviewed by at least two members of your group.  See the Feedback checklist.

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Designing your Presentation

Upon completion of your essay, you will need to present your information to the class. 

Your presentation must include:

bulletvisual aids (i.e. portraits of important people, photographs of cities or indigenous people).
bulleta least one map of the Middle East during that time period showing all political borders and major land resources (include land resources that are of importance during this time).

Your presentation can include:

bulletart work or craft items
bulletartifacts (ask anyone you may know from Middle Eastern decent).

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