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WebQuest Title:  The Evolution of the Middle East

Author:  Jennifer Martinez
Date: February 4, 2003
Dear Colleague:

This Unit is designed to introduce students to the Ottoman Empire.  It will discuss the role of religion, culture, politics, economics, and geography in the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire.  The first three lessons/lectures are covered in a PowerPoint presentation.  At the end of each lecture, there is a list of discussion questions to involve students with an activity.  Students will also create a timeline and maps of the Ottoman Empire to post in the classroom.  Also, an optional video, Conquerors: Suleyman the Magnificent (available through the Discovery Channel), will help students understand the culture of the Ottoman Empire.  The last lesson of the unit is a WebQuest.  Students will be required to use the internet to research current issues in the Middle/East.  The goal is to link events that occurred during the Ottoman Empire with events that have happened in the last century.  Students will work in small groups to gather information and create a presentation. The unit will end with the student presentations of the WebQuest.

Unit Summary:

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Goals/Objectives:

1.

Students will understand how large empires dominated much of Eurasia between the 16th and 18th Century (particularly the Ottoman Empire).

2.

Students will describe the social, economic, and cultural features of the Ottoman Empire.

3.

Students will understand the geographic features of the Ottoman Empire and the role its location plays in history.
Days:
5-6 (60 minute period)
Content:
The focus of this unit will be on the history of the Ottoman Empire and its role in world history and politics. 
   
 Methods:  
This unit will utilize direct instruction, group-discussion, multi-media lessons (optional video), hands-on activities including the creation of a timeline and maps, and ending with the WebQuest activity.

WebQuest  Summary:

 
Goals/Objectives:

1.

Students will understand how historical events in the Ottoman Empire have shaped the current events in the Middle East.

2.

Students will describe geographic features that have impacted current events in the Middle East (i.e. Natural Resources)
Days:
2 days (60 minute period)
Content:
Students will use several websites to learn about current events in the Middle East. Through research on these websites, students will make connections between events that occurred during the Ottoman Empire with current events.
   
 Methods:  
Students will utilize the internet to do research and gather material to create a research paper, poster and a class presentation.

 

     Teachers Resources:

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Unit Information:  

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources:
 http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/mideast/stories/overview/
This article talks about the history of unrest in Israel.  There are links to other articles and websites that contain more information about key political figures, places and events.

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=11608
10 things you should know about the middle east.  Learn about political issues and why things have changes so much over the last century, and how the US foreign policies affect this area.
http://www.nitle.org/arabworld/
Educational site about the history and culture of Arab countries.  The information contained in this website was compiled in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.  It is a collaborative effort designed to disseminate information about Arab cultures and dispel myths while helping Americans understand the history behind the attacks.
http://www.albany.edu/history/middle-east/
Site contains information about history, culture, geography, politics, economics, religion, and News and Media.
http://menic.utexas.edu/menic/Education/K12_Resources/
This contains links to other websites that can be used to research more information about the countries, ethnicities and religions of this area of the world.

WebQuest Teacher Resources:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/educators/nations/lesson1.html
This website contains many different lessons about the creation of the Middle East countries.  These lesson plans can be used as an introduction to the webquest or as a way to learn more about the area.  Also contains links to maps showing the changing political borders throughout history along with information about events that led to the change in the borders.
www.edhelper.com
A great tool for finding lesson plans and other ideas to incorporate into your classroom.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/
Contains interactive lesson plans about the Ottoman Empire.  This would be knowledge that will be helpful to students before they start this project.
 www.askeric.org
Find lesson plans on other cultures, relationship of geography to current events and many more.
http://www.firn.edu/doe/curriculum/crscode/basic612/912/ss912/2109310.pdf
Florida standards for World History class.
Student Background Resources:
 http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761553949
This website contains basic information about the ottoman empire.  It will provide background information that will end where this project picks up.
 http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
This website provides up to date information about countries around the world.  Information that is included is the basic history, religion, government, economy and land use facts.
 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/maps/pol.html
A virtual map of the Middle East that shows the changing borders of this area over time.  The user can follow links to learn about the countries ethnic, religious or language make-up.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/themes/economics/index.html
Learn more about the economic status of the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
http://www.nitle.org/arabworld/
Educational site about the history and culture of Arab countries.  The information contained in this website was compiled in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.  It is a collaborative effort designed to disseminate information about Arab cultures and dispel myths while helping Americans understand the history behind the attacks.
http://www.parstimes.com/M1.html
The user can use this website to find links to other resource materials.  The information found can include geography, government, maps, and country profiles.
WebQuest Student Resources:
 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/atlas_middle_east/atlas_middle_east.html
This site contains maps and other geographic information (population density, land use, etc.) about current middle-east countries.  It also contains timelines for some countries with significant dates.
 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/themes/index.html
This site contains basic timelines for this area of the world as far back as the 1500s.  The timeline can be broken down into areas of interest such as politics, economics, geography, religion and culture.
http://www.graphicmaps.com/webimage/countrys/me.htm
Great website for maps of the Middle East. Also, provides information about land formations and rivers, country flags, languages, religions and some basic history of the region (if available).
   http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/timeline/index.html
Follow and interactive timeline of the history of the region.  Learn more about the influence of US involvement in the regions economy and politics, natural resources, and the formation of nation-states.
 
  http://www.mideastweb.org/history.htm
The user can find links to primary source documents (both historical and current) regarding policies in the Middle East.

 Other Resources
 Lesson Plan: The Ottoman Empire: Suleyman, The Magnificent.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/suleyman/
 
  Video:  Conquerors: Suleyman the Magnificent
 
 

 

 

Unit Lesson Sequence


Day 1   
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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture Introduction to the Ottoman Empire PowerPoint Presentation Part1
Small Group Discussion (2-3) Students will get into small groups (approx. 2-3 depending on class size).  In their groups, they will answer the discussion questions at the end of the PowerPoint presentation. Once they have finished the discussion questions, students will also go over the notes they have taken in class and write down important dates and events from the days lectures.  These notes will be used in another lesson to create a large timeline to display in class. Discussion Questions at the End of the PP Presentation, one piece of paper with answers and events recorded by the group.
Sharing Students will share thoughts from the discussion and any important dates they felt should be included in the timeline. Important dates will be recorded on a transparency or the board. Blank Transparency
     
Homework: (use this option if not using the video) Create 3 maps of the Ottoman Empire (trace from textbook or print from internet):  The beginning, the height of the Ottoman Empire, and the fall of the Ottoman Empire (Due on Day 4 of the Unit).  Political Borders and country names labeled. OR You can provide students with copies of the map outlines and have them fill in the names. http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/
Visit this website to get outline maps

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture The Rise of the Ottoman Empire PowerPoint Presentation Part2
Small Group Discussion (2-3) Students will get into small groups (approx. 2-3 depending on class size).  In their groups, they will answer the discussion questions at the end of the PowerPoint presentation. Once they have finished the discussion questions, students will also go over the notes they have taken in class and write down important dates and events from the days lectures.  These notes will be used in another lesson to create a large timeline to display in class. Discussion Questions at the End of the PP Presentation
Sharing Students will share thoughts from the discussion and any important dates they felt should be included in the timeline. Important dates will be recorded on a transparency or the board. Blank Transparency

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture The Fall of the Ottoman Empire PowerPoint Presentation Part3
Small Group Discussion (2-3) Students will get into small groups (approx. 2-3 depending on class size).  In their groups, they will answer the discussion questions at the end of the PowerPoint presentation. Once they have finished the discussion questions, students will also go over the notes they have taken in class and write down important dates and events from the days lectures.  These notes will be used in another lesson to create a large timeline to display in class. Discussion Questions at the End of the PP Presentation
Sharing Students will share thoughts from the discussion and any important dates they felt should be included in the timeline. Important dates will be recorded on a transparency or the board. Blank Transparency

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Video (optional--if available) Trade Routes and the Reign of Suleyman

 

Video: Conquerors: Suleyman the Magnificent (see link below)
Lesson Plan http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/suleyman/  
     
 

OR

 
Group Work (Alternative if video not available) Students will decorate their maps.  Add color, geographic features, landmarks, etc. Maps from Homework assignment, colored pencils, construction paper, scissors, glue, magazines that can be cut up.
  Assign each person in the group one event or location discussed in the earlier lectures (from the transparencies).  They will mark that location and event on their map that corresponds with the time period (i.e. the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 or prominent trade routes). Maps, transparencies from the first 3 discussions

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Group work Students will be assigned a time period.  (The length of the time periods will depend on the number of groups.) Each group will be given a piece of poster paper.  They will be asked to draw a timeline to correspond with the assigned period.  After the timelines are created, the students will attach their maps to the timeline.  The event that is noted on the map should correspond with the date on the timeline that it is attached to. Poster paper (or butcher paper), markers, scissors and maps (homework)
     
WebQuest Introduce WebQuest concept (if needed). Possibly assign students to their topic for their group research.  

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
WebQuest Introduce WebQuest and let students begin research in their groups Computer access

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
WebQuest--Group work Allow students time to do research and offer any help they may need to keep on track. Computer access

 

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Group Work Students will prepare their presentations--to begin presenting on Day 9. Computer access, poster paper, colored pencils, scissors, markers

 

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Please feel free to modify the lesson plans as you see fit to work with your state's curriculum and time frame. Any suggestions or changes, you can contact me at giffer38@hotmail.com.  Thank you and good luck with your lessons and WebQuest. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Martinez

Credits/References:        Back to Top

http://school.discovery.com

http://www.pbs.org

http://www.naqshbandi.org/ottomans/history.htm

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