Islam - you'll be surprised!

Islam - you'll be surprised!
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Common Core Standards
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9 MB|65 pages
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Over 50 teachers have bought this 30 page text which I produced on Islam since July 2015. I recently added a power point that focuses on the beliefs of Islam. The text is much more comprehensive than the power point.

If you're interested in only the power point that would cover far less territory, then go to my TpT site (21st Century Global Studies) and select: "The Five Pillars and other beliefs of Islam." ($3.50)

I wrote the 30 sided text because I never was able to find any sources that effectively dealt with Islamic beliefs. Typically, in World History textbooks, you'd find some history of Mohammed, and some cursory coverage of the Five Pillars. Maybe it took up three pages in the textbook. On the other hand, this text includes extensive coverage of Islam, and its surprising similarities and differences with Christianity. It leads up to case studies dealing with many recent controversies such as the cartoons of Mohammed, the Ground Zero Mosque, Western excesses on TV and over the Internet, burning of the Koran, the French ban on veiling and more. Throw in President Trump's "Muslim Ban", and you have a recipe for great class discussions/debates. You can deal with this as a role play / simulation where some students have to defend the the French veil banning, for example, while other students are are assigned to critique this.

The overriding questions presented in this 30 page "unit" are:
1) Does the Islamic world need to adjust and become more tolerant of Western culture as a result of globalization? For example, do they just have to accept that certain people in the Western world are going to make fun of Mohammed, or the veiling of women?
2) Must the Western world become less inflammatory, and more tolerant of Islamic/Arabic sensitivities? For example, should the West ban the burning of the Koran and other forms of anti-Islamic expression? Do President Trump's comments inflame the one-fifth of global citizens who are Muslims?

These questions lead to multi-faceted discussion and debate.

The product includes the following sections:
1) a pre-test to see what students know about Islam
2) How widespread is the Islamic religion
3) The amazing story of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael
4) Brief history of Islam
5) Sunni vs Shi'a
6) The 5 Pillars of Faith
7) Other Islamic beliefs
8) The Golden Rules (of many faiths)
9) Criticism of the Koran
10) The issue of women's dress
11) Criticism of the Old Testament
12) Case studies on Islam, the West and Tolerance
13 Islamic Fundamentalism
14) President Obama's 2009 speech on Islam (in Cairo)

I am an award winning, recently retired HS Global Studies teacher, currently teaching International Politics at the University of Rhode Island. I also teach in the Education Dept of Salve Regina University. Hence, I believe I know my content well, and I know lots of strategies which help in teaching said content. (See profile)

If you like my style and substance, check out my other 51 products on TpT at my TpT "store": 21st Century Global Studies. Here are some of my products: ISIS, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Terrorism, Central American migration to the USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Botswana, Somalia, Comparative Electoral systems, UN Simulations on Capital Punishment, Drug Trafficking, Climate Change and Syria, Democracy, Communism, North Korea, Bhutan, Finland and more!

Total Pages
65 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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