Fun writing activity to start the Middle East Unit. Many 7th grade students can't locate the Middle East on a map, let alone name the countries located there. Student write a fictitious story (usually about Thanksgiving) using many of the countries from the M.E. The catch is they have to change the country name to a word in the the english language. Ex: Bahrain sounds like brain/rain, Syria sounds like cereal/serious, Qatar sounds like guitar. Students will then find the countries on a map. They will never forget the countries!