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World Cultures - Middle East Modern Topics: Assignment & Rubric

Assignment Topics

Middle East       2017
Modern Topics & Who’s Who Presentations

OPEC (what is it; explain role in ME; global influence, why we care, & more)

Iran-Iraq War (1980’s)

War in Iraq  (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2000’s)

Persian Gulf War (early 90’s)

Taliban & Afghanistan (before 2000)

War in Afghanistan (2000’s), Current Conflict, & Afghanistan Today (democracy)

Islamic Fundamentalism & Iranian Revolution (1979)

Ayatollah Khomeini & Theocracy  (Ali Khamenei today)

Iran Hostage Crisis

9/11 & link to the Middle East  (Terrorism)

Role of Women in the Middle East Today (Status and Life for Women; various countries)

Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya (role of media and technology there)

Dubai Today (city, sites, & tourism)

Al Queda (What is it; in the ME; specific countries; elsewhere in world?)

Iran Nuclear Development & Sanctions (including latest news and developments)

Arab Spring – Egypt

Arab Spring – Libya

Syrian Civil War  (Arab Spring – Syria)


Kurds/Kurdish State (Iraq/Syria/Turkey; ISIS role/fight)

Israel (current status, issues, our relationship, latest news, leadership)

America’s Relationship with ME Countries (current)


Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

Yasser Arafat (Palestinians & PLO)

Mahmoud Abbas & Salam Fayyad (Palestinian leadership & Palestinian Authority today)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad & Hassan Rouhani (Iran; his impact on global relations; importance?)

Osama Bin Laden

Al-Saud family & King (Saudi Arabia) (Saudi Arabia Gov’t set-up; relations with US)

Benjamin Netanyahu & other Israeli P.M.’s & Leaders (Mostly current info; add others?)

Hosni Mubarak (Egypt)

Hamid Karzai & Ashrat Ghani (Afghanistan)

Nouri al-Maliki & Fuad Masum & Jalal Talabani (Iraq)

Muammar Gadhafi (Moammar Kaddafi) (Libya)

King of Jordan (Abdullah II)  (Who is it; Pro-West; Relations with US; Syria & ISIS role)

Instructions & Rubric


ME Modern Topics and People Presentations                                 Gassert 2017

General Instructions:

-Pick a topic from the list on the front of this sheet.  Each student/pair has a different one.

-You may work by yourself or with a partner.  Must be in the same class.

-Research the topic you choose and gather information/notes.  Must take notes (dig. or hard)

-Put together a plan for “teaching” the class about your topic.


-Present your information to the class.

          -Brief Power Point/Slides Presentation   (Must have visuals)

-After you give the information to class, must include/repeat two or three key points on the topic and explain the importance/significance.

-Presentation should be 3-5 mins. (5 mins. MAX)

-Complete project including presentation is worth 50 pts.

-Must submit your notes when finished along with a copy of slides used for presentation.

-We will utilize the Google Classroom for posting and sharing your materials. 

               *You are required to do this. 



-Use your Textbook, Books, Internet, Websites (like CNN or BBC, etc.); Databases

-Use multiple sources to put together your info

(Must use multiple sources!  Must have at least three sources (minimum) and must have at least one print (beyond textbook) and one internet source.)

-Remember to list your sources in a brief Bibliography.

-Must credit your sources in your slides (I will explain.  Don’t need to cite/credit your pics.)


Grading Rubric:


Information Covered  0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10

Key Points  0    1    2    3                  Importance/Significance   0    1    2    3 

          Voice/Volume  0    1     2                  Eye Contact  0     1      2                   Time     0     1      2

          Power Point/Slides       0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8



          Notes  0    1    2    3    4                     Bibliography & Source Credit  0    1    2    3    4    5    6


(Post your material in the Google Classroom à 10/10)