To provide an overview of the geography, culture, economy, and history of the Middle Eastern countries.
1 class period
The class is divided into two teams to learn about the following topics pertaining to the Middle East:
• Geographic Location
• The People
• Way of Life
• Landforms and Waterways
• Early History
• The Arab-Israeli Conflict
• A Continuing Trouble Spot
Play begins with Team 1 silently reading the first three true-false statements about the geographic location of the Middle East. Underlined words determine whether the sentences are true or false. Team 1 must decide which of the three questions it wants to answer. It can try one question, two questions, or all three. Points are scored as follows:
10 points for attempting one question and giving the right answer.
20 points for attempting two questions and getting both of them right.
30 points for trying all three questions and giving three correct answers.
If a single mistake is made, no points are scored, even if one or two other answers are correct.
Team 1 must announce which statement or statements it wants to try. Members of the team will then read aloud each question selected, giving the answer or answers. Afterwards, the teacher gives the correct answers for all three, and determines how many points have been scored. Correct answers are written in the spaces. When an answer is false, students fill in the space with the replacement words that would make the sentence true. The replacement words are provided by the teacher.
Team 2 then takes its turn, reading statements 4, 5, and 6 about the people of the Middle East. Play continues in the same way with 7-36.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.