Teaching Resources on the Syrian Conflict


Teaching resources on the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis. The information is all provided by TeachMideast – be sure to check out their website, country profiles, etc. - http://teachmideast.org/ . (CMES is telling you about these materials as a courtesy and does not endorse them. We are now required to provide a disclaimer for non-UA programs; there is nothing about these particular materials that has triggered this comment.)

Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials:

PBS: Teach Syria Lesson Plan - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/teach-syria/
PBS: Visual Resources for Teaching Syria - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/visual-resources-teachi...
National Council for the Social Studies: Webinar “Teaching about Syria and the Rise of ISIS” - https://www.socialstudies.org/video-library-item/teaching-about-syria-an...
Council on Foreign Relations: Teaching Notes on What to Do about Syria - https://www.cfr.org/teaching-notes/teaching-notes-what-do-about-syria
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Resources for Teaching about Syria and ISIS - https://dpi.wi.gov/social-studies/current-events/resources-teaching-abou...
New York Times: lesson on young Syrian refugees - https://dpi.wi.gov/social-studies/current-events/resources-teaching-abou...
UN High Commission on Refugees: Guide to Teaching about Refugees - https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/teaching-about-refugees.html
Duke University: Ideas for Teaching about the Arab Refugee Crisis - http://ncmideast.org/files/2011/07/TeachingIdeas_ArabRefugees1.pdf
Pulitzer Center: Syria’s Children - https://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/syrias-children-16671
University of Arizona CMES: Syrian Civil War and Human Rights Violations - https://cmes.arizona.edu/syrian-civil-war-and-human-rights-violations

YouTube Videos:

Vox: Syria’s War: Who’s Fighting and Why (6 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFpanWNgfQY
BBC News: Syria: Seven Years of War Explained (6 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoL0L_DbuQQ
The Guardian: The Syrian War Explained in 5 Minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5H5w3_QTG0
Vox: The Fall of Aleppo Explained (4 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsAilPOdQCQ
BBC News: Syrian Kids Explain the War (4 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iz2tNiRpeY
Vox: How Syria’s Kurds Are Trying to Create a Democracy (6 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaKwjvxukvg&vl=en
Duke University: The Historical Roots of the Syrian Refugee Crisis (9 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR2laJSOLGw&list=PLSdIeNHvfGHOtitmAtuBzk...

A great new website, “Challenge Islamophobia Project,” a project of Teaching for Change - https://www.challengeislamophobia.org/ - has many great resources for teachers. There are lesson plans, including “Who Benefits from Islamophobia: Investigating the Profit Motive behind Bigotry and Discrimination,” “Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity,” and “Whose Terrorism? Analyzing Stories of Individuals.” There are articles and other resources. And there are news articles about projects in different U.S. schools. Check out the website!!