Islam - you'll be surprised!

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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)

Thirty-three teachers have bought this Islam product since July 2015.
This product focuses on the beliefs of Muslims, rather than the history of Islam.
The "unit" 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 modern day, Donald Trump, and you have a recipe for great class discussions/debates.

The overriding questions presented in this "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 Donald Trump's comments inflame the one-fifth of the 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)


Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
3 hours

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Islam - you'll be surprised!