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Islamic Fundamentalism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about Islamic Fundamentalism with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video, discuss and analyze content, then do a cooperative activity to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'Islamic Fundamentalism.'
  • Explain the impact of Wahhabism and the Muslim Brotherhood on Islam and the world's politics.
  • Discuss the Koran and Sharia law and their influence in the Middle East.

Length

1 hour

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Materials

Lesson video Islamic Fundamentalism and World Politics: Wahhabi Movement, Muslim Brotherhood & Jihad

Key Vocabulary

  • Orthodox
  • Fundamentalist
  • Wahhabism
  • Koran
  • Sharia Law
  • Sufism
  • Allah
  • Mutaween
  • Jihad
  • Muslim
  • Muslim Brotherhood
  • Mohamed Morsi

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Before this lesson, review your classroom policies surrounding appropriate discussion expectations.
  • Start the lesson by asking students to write down their first thoughts when hearing the words 'Islamic Fundamentalism.'
  • After two or three minutes, lead a conversation about students' prior knowledge and understanding of this topic. What do they think it is? Where do they get their information? How do they know their thoughts are accurate?
  • Tell students they will be learning about Islamic Fundamentalism. Review the learning objectives and preview vocabulary.

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