In the news, our students hear about "the Arab world," "the Middle East," "the Muslim world," and "southwest Asia." What do these terms mean? And why do they sometimes appear to be used interchangeably?
Which countries belong within each regional term? How are the regions different and how are they the same? This activity leads students to analyze the characteristics of each country and to determine which category or categories apply to each.
This lesson lays groundwork for students' understanding of the complex relationships these countries have with one another.
The file includes charts for student work, sample maps (which can be printed out or loaded onto tablets or computers), the lesson plan (including anticipatory activity and assessment questions), and a PowerPoint to use with students to guide them through the lesson (including notes at the bottom of the PowerPoint pages to guide you in how to use specific slides).