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.


1 hour

Curriculum Standards


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


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).


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.


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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