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Picturing the Middle East
9, 8, 7, 10
Kit: Media Construction in the Middle East
Unit1: Introducing the Middle East
Lesson 1: Picturing the Middle East
Grade Level: 7 – 10
Subject Area: U.S. History
- Students will identify the assumptions, misperceptions, generalizations and stereotypes they carry about the Middle East.
- Students will reflect on the sources of accurate, inaccurate and stereotypical thinking about the Middle East.
- Students will recognize the cultural bias in the terms “Middle East” and “Near East.”
- Students will identify the varied geographic boundaries of the Middle East.
- Students will understand the concept of media literacy and be introduced to the Media Construction of the Middle East curriculum.
Vocabulary: Assumption, Jerusalem, Misperception, Near East, Chador, Jesus, Muhammad, South East Asia, Ethnocentrism, Keffiyeh, Monotheism, Stereotype, Euro-centrism, Media literacy, Mosque, Roman Empire, Generalization, Middle East Muslim, Western Wall.
Media: Slideshow with 12 photographs from the Middle East and around the world and three maps of the Middle East.
Materials: Available in the kit Media Construction in the Middle East at www.ProjectLookSharp.org.
- Unit 1, Lesson 1 slideshow from CD
- Student Worksheet (pg. 9) for the slides.
- Teacher Answer Sheet (pg. 10)
Time: 60 Minutes
Lesson Procedure: Available in the kitMedia Construction in the Middle East at www.ProjectLookSharp.org.
1. Present Introduction to the Lesson (pg. 3) to the class.
2. Ask students to silently write down a list of words and images that come to mind when they think of the Middle East.
3. Distribute the Student Worksheet, one per student. For each photo they will check if they think it is or is not from the Middle East and give a brief explanation.
4. Project slides 1-12 as students fill in the Student Worksheet.
5. Project slides 13-36 and use the Teacher Answer Sheet to present information about each of the 12 photographs.
6. Use slides 37-38 to discuss assumptions, misperceptions, generalizations and stereotypes we may carry about the Middle East and the sources of our impressions.
7. Use slide 39 to explain the cultural bias in the terms “Middle East” and “Near East” and to illustrate the lack of scholarly agreement about the boundaries of the region.
8. Use slides 40-45 to introduce students to media literacy.