Social studies educators who would like to discuss the 2011-2012 Arab Spring uprisings in their classrooms, as well as anyone curious to learn more about these social movements, may be interested in this collection of resources curated by the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at Portland State University as part of their Middle East Teaching Tools site. At the link above, visitors will find numerous helpful articles, videos, lesson plans, and more. Teachers and students will want to peruse the Background Information tab, where they will find links to more than two dozen thoughtfully selected resources, such as an interactive timeline, research guides, and videos. The Media & News tab reveals links to many additional videos, audio clips, and multimedia exploring various aspects of the democratic revolution that will be of interest to educators and general audiences alike. Finally, the Teaching Materials tab leads to a large number of lesson plans and other teaching resources. While this collection was assembled with K-12 educators in mind, college instructors may also find its contents helpful. Established in 1959, MESC is the "first federally supported undergraduate program for Arabic language and Middle East area studies in the nation."
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