First Semester Daily Lessons - UNITS 2 & 3

The lessons below are in the order they are taught in the course:

Each Daily Lesson Contains:


- the daily AGENDA
- the daily JOURNAL/"Bell-Ringer Activity"
- the daily LESSON PURPOSE/LEARNING TARGET
- a PREVIEW OF END OF LESSON QUESTIONS
- a MINI-LECTURE/LESSON (which corresponds to the student note-taking guide)
- the ACTIVITIES & ASSIGNMENTS of the day
- the END OF LESSON QUESTIONS (Major success criteria)
- the HOMEWORK assignment
- the LAUNCH! (a message to send with students at the end of the hour)

 

 

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Lesson 22: Introduction to Southwest Asia

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Examine and explain some of the major characteristics of Southwest Asia (physical and cultural) - compare and contrast different major cultural/language groups and identify important organizations (OPEC)

  • Compare the importance of the Holy Land (Jerusalem) for Jews, Christians, and Muslims

  • Continue to explore the roots of Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Lesson 23: The Basics of Islam

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Identify and explain the origins and expansion of Islam (locate relevant geography and explain causes of spread of Dar al-Islam in Afro-Eurasia, etc.)

  • Identify and explain major characteristics of Islam (begin to compare and contrast to other major faiths - especially Judaism and Christianity)

Lesson 24: Muslim Empires

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Identify and explain the origins and expansion of Islam (creation of the Islamic Empires, etc.)

  • Identify and explain major characteristics of Islam and Muslim society (esp. contributions)

  • Identify major branches of Islam and briefly explain reason for split and impact on present day

  • Continue to gather information which will help us compare and contrast Islam to other major faiths (especially Judaism and Christianity)

Lesson 25: Religious Conflict & Test Review Part II

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Explore & discuss thoughts on origins of religious conflict

  • Review: Identify and explain the origins and expansion of Islam (creation of the Islamic Empires, etc.)

    • Identify and explain major characteristics of Islam and Muslim society (esp. contributions)

    • Identify major branches of Islam and briefly explain reason for split and impact on present day

    • Continue to gather information which will help us compare and contrast Islam to other major faiths (especially Judaism and Christianity)

Lesson 26: Inside Islam

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Lesson 27: Test Review Jeopardy

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Lesson 28: Unit Two Test Day

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Unit TWO: The Rise of Islam

(circa 600 to 1250 CE)

Unit THREE: Pre-Colonial African Empires & Trade Centers

(Africa to circa 1500)

Lesson 30: Introduction to Africa!

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Describe major characteristics of African geography (physical and general early cultural characteristics)

Lesson 31: Early African Societies

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Explain causes of cultural themes in sub-Saharan Africa (focus on the effects of Bantu migrations)

  • Examine the development of early African Civilizations (esp. Aksum) and examine the effects of their cultural interaction with others (esp. influence of Islam and Christianity)

Lesson 32: North African Muslim States

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Identify and explain the origins and expansion of Islam (creation of the Islamic Empires, etc.)

  • Identify and explain major characteristics of Islam and Muslim society (esp. contributions)

  • Identify major branches of Islam and briefly explain reason for split and impact on present day

  • Continue to gather information which will help us compare and contrast Islam to other major faiths (especially Judaism and Christianity)

The Haunted History of Halloween

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Identify and analyze the three cultural groups and their contributions which have culturally blended over time to create the Halloween traditions of today!

Lesson 35: West African Trading Empires

Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Analyze the development and importance of interregional trading systems which developed across the Sahara (land-based trade routes connecting West Africa to Northern Africa and SW Asia)

  • Compare and contrast the West African trading kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

  • Analyze the influence of Islam on African Culture (focus on the Western Sahel)

Lesson 37: East African Trading Centers

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Purpose of Lesson/Learning Targets: 

  • Analyze the development and importance of interregional trading systems (regions connected to the Swahili Coast)

  • Analyze the influence of Islam on African Culture (focus on the Eastern Swahili Coast)

Pre-Colonial Africa Test Review Jeopardy

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