Syria - a shortened version

Syria - a shortened version
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Updated: Jan 2018; Eighty-five teachers have bought my "Syria" product since August 2015. Eventually, I made this shortened version. If you want a more thorough treatment of Syria, then go to my product titled Syria (105 slides).

I am an award winning (see profile), recently retired HS Global Studies teacher. This power point on Syria would be appropriate for average or above average Sophomores through Seniors. 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 April 2016. I have another power point covering the emergence of ISIS, but you can't understand ISIS until you understand Syrian history up until 2016.

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 55 slides that you will choose to delete.

A second file includes an 8 sided guided note sheet which corresponds with the power point. I have also added a multiple choice quiz.

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

One way of dealing with this info is to have half the class be Assad supporters and half to be Assad detractors, and then to debate Assad policies as you go through the material... and, yes, there is info which can help the supporters of Assad.

Other products in my store which connect to the Syrian topic: Iraq, Iran, ISIS, Arab Spring - Egypt, Arab-Israeli Conflict and Islam. The Syrian migrant crisis power point focuses on the global challenge in dealing with the refugees, but does not deal with the causes of the violence.

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.

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