What values should shape U.S. policy in the Middle East?
Second edition. July 2022.
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The term “Middle East” can create a mental image of a group of similar countries and peoples with shared politics and histories, but this is deceptive. The people of this part of the world have diverse ethnicities, religions, languages, and understandings of their histories. They experience a variety of different ways of life. The United States’ need for oil and its political and military alliances make the countries in the Middle East important to U.S. policy. The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy equips students to consider the role of U.S. policy in the region. Students examine the region’s history, the role the United States has played, and how U.S. policy affects the lives of people in various Middle East countries. The unit is divided into three parts. Each part includes:
- Student readings
- Accompanying study guides, graphic organizers, and key terms
- Lessons aligned with the readings that develop analytical skills (including at least one that focuses on building geographic literacy) and can be completed in one or more periods
- Videos that feature leading experts
This unit also includes as the key lesson an examination of Local Perspectives from the Middle East that allows students to synthesize new knowledge for assessment. You do not need to use the entire unit; feel free to select what suits your classroom needs.