I use this PowerPoint as a discussion tool and introduction to the region of the Middle East. I believe it's a great lesson, and it allows for lots of discussion with students. I have added extensive teaching tips, explanations, and sample questions to the notes section of almost every slide. Topics included in the lesson are which countries are considered the Middle East, physical geography of the region, why people settled where, history of the area, natural resources, issues currently facing the region, religion, and much more. There are several maps (with possible questions included) to help reinforce map skills in your classroom. Students also work with bar graphs, cartograms, and charts. The entire lesson is completely editable, so you can always adjust it to meet your classroom needs.