ERIC Number: ED180885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Ethnic Heritage Studies Pertaining to Arabic Culture: Six Teaching Units for Secondary Schools.
Swanson, Jon; Olson, Margarete
Six social studies units are presented to help secondary school classroom teachers introduce students to Arab American culture. A major objective is to make students recognize the many contributions made by the Arabs to the development of the United States. In the introduction, Arab Americans are identified as people in the United States who identify with Arabic speaking ancestors. Units focus on the family, geography of the Middle East, Arab history and its contribution to the West, immigration, Islam, and economic/political Arab/Israeli conflicts and oil. Activities involve students in reading and discussing selections from books, viewing films, role playing, taking field trips, constructing a family tree, map and globe projects, and vocabulary exercises. Topics investigated by students include: How do Arab families arrange mate selection? What is the bedouin life like? What American foods have a Middle Eastern origin? How are Islam and Christianity similar? and What are the driving forces of Arab nationalism? For each of the units, information is presented on background, resources, materials, objectives, teacher background reading, activities, time required, and teaching strategies. Also included are a resource directory, background information on North American images of the Middle East, and general instructions to teachers on using the units. (DB)
Descriptors: Arabs, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Educational Objectives, Ethnic Studies, Immigrants, Islamic Culture, Learning Activities, Middle Eastern Studies, Non Western Civilization, Political Issues, Religious Factors, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Livonia Public Schools, MI.