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Special Subjects: War in Iraq

Curriculum Resources

Iraq in Transition
PBS NewsHour site includes lesson plans developed by educators, along with interactive maps, timelines, background on key players. Archive includes recent NewsHour features with a link to appropriate lesson plans along the right hand rail.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Curriculum Kits
Developed at Harvard University, the kits are available for one-month borrowing. (Schools must pay for insured shipping back to the center.) Topics include The Cultures and Peoples of the Arab World, Spices and Ramadan (for elementary classrooms) and the Ottoman Empire (for secondary students).

Global Connections: The Middle East
PBS materials for teachers in grades 6-12. Groups lesson plans conveyed by "connecting questions" on topics such as Religious Militancy and the Role of Women.

Action and Advocacy

Teacher Groups Against the War
Compiled by Rethinking Schools magazines.

Cellphones for Soldiers
Using cash contributions and money obtained by recycling donated used cell phones, the program buys calling cards and distributes them to deployed or deploying units.

Operation Iraqi Children
The School Supply Kit Program collects items to ship to Iraq, where soldiers deliver them to village schools.

Operation Homefront
More links on support programs from massteacher.org.