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UNIT 3

THE MIDDLE EAST

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

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
Traditions
Hereditary Caliphate

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE SUMMATIVE
Exit Tickets Choice Project Board

Check for Understanding Paragraph Writing

Workbook Summary Writing

UNIT TEST
Course: Grade 7 Global Literacy
School Year: 2016-2017