Central and Southwest Asia
$224 for 7 weeks
All homework assignments will be given through ClassCraft.
13 - 16 years old
Session 1: The Caucasus and Central Asia: The Caucasus Nations
Students will define autonomy, genocide and nationalism.
Students will identify the climatic and political conditions that have influenced economical activities in Georgia.
Students will describe how political and religious differences with neighboring nations have affected the people of Armenia.
Students will explain how the demands for economic recovery conflict with environmental issues in Azerbaijan.
A large tourist industry thrives along the Black Sea coast. Plan a vacation itinerary to a coastal town along the Black Sea, including information about the sites, sounds and tastes of the place. Be ready to present your travel itinerary to the class in the next session.
Session 2: The Caucasus and Central Asia: The Central Asian Nations
Students will define chernozem, fundamentalism, yurt and desertification.
Students will present their vacation itinerary to the class.
Students will identify some of Central Asian nations' major physical characteristics.
Students will describe how Islam affects the peoples of Central Asia.
Students will explain how the economical activities of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan changed under the control of the former Soviet Union.
Students will explain how excessive irrigation and the overuse of pesticides and fertilizers has changed the region's environment.
Suppose you are an environmental scientist exploring the Apsheron Peninsula in Azerbaijan, on e of the most ecologically damaged regions in the world. Develop a plan that encourages economical development and reduces environmental damage. Be ready to share your plan with the class in the next session.
Session 3: The Countries of Southwest Asia: Creating the Modern Middle East
Students will define mandate, Zionist and self-determination.
Students will share their plans with the class.
Students will discover how successful the Ottoman Turks were in uniting the diverse peoples of the Middle East.
Students will explain why several European powers took control of the nations of Southwest Asia after World War I.
Students will describe how the creation of Israel affected relations between Arabs and Jews.
Review the information you learned in class today and conduct research on the internet. Locate areas that are the most densely populated in the Middle East. Write a hypothesis that explains why these areas are so densely populated.
Session 4: The Countries of Southwest Asia: Israel
Students will define drip irrigation and potash.
Students will share their hypothesis with the class.
Students will describe how Israel has changed its environment in order to make its land more productive and increase prosperity. .
Students will identify the major cultural groups in Israel, and what roles they have played in the nation's history.
Students will identify the cooperative steps Israel and its Arab neighbors have taken to try to prevent conflicts from erupting.
Since the early 1900's kibbutzim, or communal farms, have played a major role in the agriculture and national identity of Israel. Use the internet to find out more about this topic. Then, create a journal to chronicle a typical week of activities on a kibbutz. Be ready to present your journal to the class in the next session.
Session 5: The Countries of Southwest Asia: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq
Students will define Fertile Crescent, militia, anarchy and embargo.
Students will share their journals with the class.
Students will explain how political conditions changed society in Jordan.
Students will describe how Lebanon has recovered from civil war.
Students will identify geographical factors and economical activities that have made Syria a prosperous land.
Students will explain why there has been a series of conflicts in Iraq..
Create a catalog of handmade crafts that are likely to be sold in the souks of the countries in Southwest Asia. Include photographs or drawings of the items in your catalog and a description as to how they were made. You might wish to do additional research in the library and/or on the internet for help in completing this activity. Be ready to present your catalog to the class in the next session.
Session 6: The Countries of Southwest Asia: Arabian Peninsula
Students will define desalination, infrastructure and felaj system
Students will present their catalogs to the class.
Students will explain how the discovery of oil changed the Arabian Peninsula.
Students will describe how Saudi Arabia has tried to balance modern day changes and economical growth with respect for tradition.
Students will identify why Oman and Yemen are considered the least developed countries in the region.
OPEC is a powerful organization. Go online and learn more about OPEC. Create a fact sheet about the organization. In a short paragraph, discuss ways in which OPEC's power affects life in your community. Be ready to share your paragraph with the class in the next session.
Session 7: he Countries of Southwest Asia: Turkey, Iran and Cyprus
Students will define secular, shah and ayatollah.
Students will share their paragraphs with the class.
Students will describe how Turkey became a modern nation after World War II.
Students will describe the effects an Islamic revolution had upon the level of development of Iran.
Students will identify the major issues that divide the people of Cyprus..