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Miranda, Joshua M.

ARGOSY COLLEGIATE
Course: Grade 7 Global Literacy
School Year: 2016-2017

Unit Name: Time: ESSENTIAL QUESTION


The Middle East 4 How does the Middle Easts geography, climate, and natural
WEEKS resources affect the way people live and work throughout its
various countries?

STANDARDS
Massachusetts Framework Standards United States Common Core Standards
WA.1 On a map of the world, locate Western Asia, or the Middle East. RH.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary
On a map of the Middle East, locate the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and secondary sources.
Caspian Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Peninsula, and the RH.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or
Persian Gulf. (G) secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct
WA.2 Use a map key to locate countries and major cities in the Middle from prior knowledge or opinions
East. (G, E) RH.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs,
WA.3 Explain how the following five factors have influenced photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print
settlement and the economies of major Middle Eastern countries. (G, E) and digital texts.
A. absolute and relative locations
B. climate
WHST.1: Write arguments focused on discipline-specific
C. major physical characteristics
D. major natural resources
content.
a. Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and
E. population size
distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims,
WA.4 Identify when the countries in the Middle East became
and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
independent nations and explain how independence was achieved. (H,
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant,
G)
accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding
O1 Describe the political and social status of women in selected
of the topic or text, using credible sources.
countries in Western Asia. (G, H, E)
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and
O2 Describe major ethnic and religious groups in various countries in
clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims,
Western Asia. (G, H, E)
reasons, and evidence.
O3 Compare the form and structure of government for Turkey, Saudi
d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel. (C)
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows
from and supports the argument presented
Course: Grade 7 Global Literacy
School Year: 2016-2017

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS
FOCUS QUESTIONS UNDERSTANDINGS
The location of major physical features in the Middle East
The location of major nations in the Middle East
1. To what degree does religion shape
Water is scarce in the Middle East
the social, cultural and political Water is unequally distributed
climate of Middle Eastern countries? The term scarcity refers to when you do not have enough of a particular
resource that it is demand
Many of the worlds oil reserves are located in the Middle East.
2. Has Western political, economic and Some countries have more oil reserves than other countries.
military involvement helped or Oil is a very valuable non-renewable natural resource.
hindered the growth of the Middle
The term Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total amount of goods and
East?
services produced in a country in a year
Most people desire to live in favorable conditions (near fresh water, on flat
land, and near resources).
3. How have resources such as oil Modern transportation systems exist, but most people do not have access.
created economic and military strife
in the region?
Ethnic groups share many common characteristics, such as language, physical
appearance, customs, and traditions.
Religious groups share a common spiritual belief system.
The major ethnic groups of the Middle East include Arabs, Persians, and Kurds.
4. How has the international The major religions include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
community responded to political
and military challenges in the Shia Muslims believe the leader should be a direct descendant of Muhammad.
Middle East and how successful was Sunni Muslims believe the leader should be the most qualified individual.
this involvement?
Most Muslims in the Middle East are Sunni.
Saudi Arabias economy is based on the oil industry and has contributed heavily
Course: Grade 7 Global Literacy
School Year: 2016-2017

to its economic growth.

5. How has the United States support


for Israel encouraged nuclear
proliferation and aggression towards
both Israel and the West?

6. What are some fundamental


differences between the treatment of
women in conservative Islamic
societies and the West?

UNIT VOCABULARY
Iran Arab
Iraq Kurd
Israel Sunni
Turkey Persian
Afghanistan Islam
Saudi Arabia Judaism
Red Strip Christianity
Gaza Strip Diversity
Arabian Sea Shia Muslim
Suez Canal Ethnic Group
Persian Gulf Religious Group
Tigris River Monotheistic
Jordan River Holy Book
Euphrates River Place of Worship
Strait of Hormuz Belief System
Course: Grade 7 Global Literacy
School Year: 2016-2017

Traditions
Hereditary Caliphate

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE SUMMATIVE
Exit Tickets Choice Project Board

Check for Understanding Paragraph Writing

Workbook Summary Writing

UNIT TEST