It is our goal to integrate authentic, academically valid curriculum on the Middle East in your classroom. We visit classrooms, arrange classroom visits by outreach volunteers who come from the Middle East, and produce instructional materials from these activities. Please see the Library research guides, textbooks and presentations from our own courses and conference presentations below. In addition, please check out instructional materials and materials created by teacher-participants in our teacher training program, and selected items we publish in our Community in the Knowledge Bank.
Library Research Guides:
Keys to Understanding the Middle East, by Dr. Alam Payind and Dr. Melinda McClimans
This e-book focuses on the languages, cultural, religious, and sectarian communities of the region, and turning points in history. It is based on the content for International Studies/Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 2200 “Introduction to the Modern Middle East”. Formats:
- Apple iBook, available on Apple devices through “iBooks”
Euphrates Tigris Water Issues: An Introduction, edited by Dr. Melinda McClimans
This book is the result of the “Euphrates Tigris Water Issues Workshop” hosted at the Ohio State University April 21-22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. It has been edited to present the content of the workshop in an accessible way, while remaining relevant for readers with expertise in water resource management and policy.
Windows Into Turkish Culture, edited by Dr. Danielle Schoon and Dr. Melinda McClimans
This student-authored academic introduction to Turkey provides one social, cultural, or historical lens per chapter to provide insights into Turkey today. This book is the result of research conducted by undergraduate students at OSU as a part of “Turkish 2241: Turkish Culture.” This work was done with the help of Turkish students at Istanbul University under the guidance of Professor Mehmet Acikalin. For more on the project, please see the web site: u.osu.edu/globaleportfolio
Afghanistan’s Tortured Past, Dr. Alam Payind
A presentation on Afghan history, and some of its painful legacies of today.
Global Water Issues in the Middle East
*The major civilizations required by Ohio curriculum standards all grew up around major rivers: the Yangze, the Indus Valley, and the Euphrates-Tigris river basins.
Introduction to the Middle East, Melinda McClimans
A series of five steps, using maps and classroom discussion questions which each help lay the groundwork students need for understanding the Middle East, and breaking down the headlines about the region.
She Can Do Something: Authentic Narratives of Arab/Muslim Women
Presentation for the National Council on the Social Studies