IN A NUTSHELL:
This project is combined with my teaching of “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini. In the beginning of the unit, I like to give my students pretense for the conflicts and historical information they will encounter within a novel. This project does just that.
In this unit’s project, students learn about the historical influences over the last 100 years, that countries/organizations have placed on the country of Afghanistan. These countries include: the USA, USSR/Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Great Britain, and NATO and/or the UN. It would be easy to add other countries, if needed (like Iraq).
Students work in groups, as a country’s/organization’s “representatives,” setting out to prove that THEIR country has not been the WORST influence over Afghanistan, making it what it is today.
• This project can be done in a few different ways. You can provide most of the historical information to students (timelines, etc.) and give them approximately 2 days to formulate their arguments and then hold your debate; OR you can have students research their country, adding a few research days to the timeline.
• Students could also produce a final written essay, either regarding their country’s involvement OR about their debate experiences.
This project includes the following materials:
• INSTRUCTIONAL POWERPOINT FOR STUDENTS
• “JUDGE” FORM
• HANOUTS FOR WINNERS/LOSERS (I print these on colored paper and treat them like a certificate)
• EXAMPLE OF TIMELINE HANDOUT I UTILIZE AS SUPPLEMENTRY READING FOR RESEARCH
OTHER MATERIALS RECOMMENDED:
• PAPER/ART SUPPLIES FOR STUDENTS TO MAKE FLAGS FOR THEIR TABLES
• HISTORICAL REFERENCES/HANDOUTS (TIMELINES, ETC.)
• MUSIC SPECIFIC TO THE INCLUDED COUNTRIES (PLAY IN BACKGROUND AS STUDENTS WORK/RESEARCH)
Have a Happy Day!