ERIC Number: ED430878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Images of the Orient: Nineteenth-Century European Travelers to Muslim Lands. A Unit of Study for Grades 9-12.
Douglass, Susan L.
This teaching unit represents a specific "dramatic moment" in history that can allow students to delve into the deeper meanings of selected landmark events and explore their wider context in the great historical narrative. Studying a crucial turning point in history helps students realize that history is an ongoing, open-ended process, and that the decisions made today create the conditions of tomorrow's history. This unit focuses on travelers who visited Muslim regions of Asia and Africa during the 19th century. Each lesson in the unit covers a different type of traveler's experience, including explorers, pilgrims, tourists, archaeologists, artists, colonial officials and their families, journalists, photographers, and literary figures, whose expressions range from travel narratives to scientific writings, letters, dispatches, poems, paintings, maps, and photographs. By using this approach, the student becomes aware that choices are made by real human beings and that these decisions are the result of specific factors. Within the unit are teacher background materials and lesson plans with student resources. The unit is designed as a supplement to the customary course materials. The various lessons are written for different grade levels, and they can usually be adapted to a slightly higher or lower level. Lesson plans include a variety of ideas and approaches for the teacher that can be lengthened or shortened. Student resources accompany the lesson plans and contain primary source documents, handouts, student background materials, and a 23-item annotated bibliography. (BT)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, History Instruction, Islam, Islamic Culture, Muslims, Non Western Civilization, Social Studies, Tourism, Travel, Units of Study, World History
National Center for History in the Schools, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles, 5262 Bunche Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473; Web site: Http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/nchs/
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.; Council on Islamic Education, Fountain Valley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Asia