This region is tricky for my 7th graders, since they come in with many false preconceived notions. The first few days, I often conduct activities to strip away what they think they know about the region, the people, and Islam. Only then do I forge ahead with new information.
"The Middle East: Introduction" is part of two-step process. This presentation highlights: Early History, the Fertile Crescent, Early Civilizations, Trade, Early Arabs, Town Emerging in the Desert, the Need for Government, and Life as it was when Muhammed was born (as well as Citations.) The final slide mentions the Five Pillars is Islam.
"Islam," a.k.a. Part Two of this presentation, is a separate download and it details the faith and each of the five pillars. I've separated them since rules vary regarding how faith is taught as part of a culture.
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