Unit #5: Middle East



  • Identify the common characteristics which discern the region of the Middle East. (review of the concept of region from Unit #1)
  • Learn the locations of nations, bodies of water, and physical features in the region of the Middle East.
  • To learn how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth’s surface and its resources by examining the rise of the Islamic State and its impact on the Middle East and beyond.
  • Give examples of the causes and consequences of the current global issues surrounding the Syrian Refugee Crisis and suggest possible responses by various individuals, groups, and nations.
  • Locate, organize, and use relevant information to understand an issue of public concern, take a position, and advocate the position in a debate.

Essential Questions:

  • Where is the region of the Middle East located? Where are countries and important physical features located?
  • What is a refugee?
  • What is the difference between a refugee, migrant and an immigrant?
  • What is the process that a person must go through to obtain refugee status and be relocated to a host country?
  • What is happening in Syria to make people want to leave the country to seek refugee status?
  • Which countries are taking in Syrian refugees?
  • How is the Syrian refugee crisis impacting the world?
  • What is being done to help refugees in times of crisis?
  • What is my role as a citizen?
  • How can I access information so I am able to take a position on an issue of public concern?
  • Should refugees be allowed to enter the United States?
  • How do I communicate my stance on an issue of public concern?

Student Learning Targets:

  • I understand and can explain the difference between a migrant, immigrant, and a refugee.
  • I can identify what is happening in Syria to push people to leave to seek refugee status.
  • I understand and can summarize the process that people must go through to become a refugee.
  • I can use the information I have learned to form an opinion about how the United States should handle the Syrian refugee crisis.
  • I can write a letter to a politician that includes specific facts, examples and statistics which support my stance on the Syrian refugee crisis.


Region                     Subregion                 Arabic                  Arab                        Refugee            

Immigrant               Migrant                    United Nations   

Extremist                Terrorist                       


 #1- Middle East Map

#2- Background of the Syrian Conflict

#3- The Refugee Experience Packet (to go with simulation & Salam Neighbor documentary)

#4 - Who is a refugee?- handout in Google Classroom

#5 Syrian Refugee Journeys- handout in Google Classroom

#6  Syrian Refugee Stories- handout in Google Classroom

#7 Where do Syrian refugees go?- handout in Google Classroom


  • Kahoot Quiz
  • Who is a refugee quiz




© Sarah Kopplin 2011