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Updated: April 19, 2018. Over 100 teachers have bought this "Syria" product since August 2015. This product will teach most teachers a lot about this crisis, and yet it is flexible, whereby you can cut out some sections to reduce the time allotment.

I am an award winning (see profile), recently retired HS Global Studies teacher. Since retirement, I've taught Intro to Intl Politics at URI (for freshmen). I also teach part time in the Education Dept at Salve Regina Univ, where I supervise HS Social Studies student teachers, amongst other things. Hence, I feel I know my content well, I have lots of experience teaching this content effectively at various levels and, from my Ed. Dept. experience, I know a lot of strategies to get students excited and involved.

This power point covers essential background information needed to understand the conflict in Syria which leads to the emergence of ISIS. It covers Syrian history up until the present. I have another power point covering the emergence of ISIS, which works well in conjunction with this power point.

I have successfully used this power point with high school students, with Freshman International Politics students at the University of Rhode Island and with senior citizens. It would not be appropriate for middle school students.

This power point will continuously involve the students in analyzing many maps, graphs and editorial cartoons.

There will be significant parts of this power point which will help you, the teacher, understand this conflict better. There will be some parts you'll have to research on your own a bit further, and there will be some of the topics in the 98 slides that you will choose to delete.

A second file includes a 8 sided guided note sheet which corresponds with the power point.

Basic info/stats/geography about Syria
Shia vs Sunni
The Alawites
The al- Assad family dictatorship
Post – independence Syrian history
The conflict since the 2011 Arab Spring protests
Chemical Weapons in Syria
The Syrian Opposition, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda
The UN
Russian interests
The Refugee Crisis
The current territorial control map
Chemical Weapons of April 2017, and US attack on Syria base.

On the second slide, I indicate which sections you might want to skip if you want to move thru the power point more quickly. An alternative to this is to use my "Syria - a shortened version" power point which has 55 rather than 93 slides.

One way of dealing with this info is to divide the class into Assad supporters and detractors and then to debate Assad policies as you go thru the material and, yes, there is info in the power point which can be used for Assad supporters. I have included a quiz as a separate file.

I estimate that it would take you 2 - 3 hours to go through the power point, depending on how much you involve the students in discussion and/or role play.

Other products in my store which connect to the Syrian topic: Iraq, Iran, ISIS, Arab Spring - Egypt, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Islam, the Syrian migrant crisis and others.
You'll find these in my store on the Teachers pay Teachers web site. Just input 21st Century Global Studies in the search bar.

One way of dealing with this Syrian information would be to use my TpT Model United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) simulation on Syria product (only $2.50). That product will show you how you could run an ICJ case where your students act as judges in assessing whether the actions of the government of Syria are indeed genocide. Your students would learn about both the ICJ and the International Criminal Court. Finally, check out my free Social Studies power point suggestions, where I use part of my Syrian power point to illustrate my P pt suggestions.

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