Contact Information

If you have any questions about the programs offered or would like more information please contact
our IMES Education & Outreach Coordinator
Education-related outreach:

All other outreach programs:

Phone: 202-994-7904

Lesson Plans

The Institute for Middle East Studies' Title VI National Resource Center offers the following lesson plans free of charge to educators across the country. These lessons were written and developed by Jeshwini Gopinath and Aishwarya Khurana of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Clayton Thomas of GW's Elliott School of International AffairsThis curricular design project is funded by the Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Grant for the Middle East.


The Malala Curriculum

We would like to highlight the wonderful resource guide for teaching the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, put together by faculty at The George Washington University.

The guide is designed to help educators teach the difficult and often controversial subjects that surround Malala's story: cultural politics, gender, religion, extremism, violence, feminism, and the value of education. 

If you have any question or suggestions for future lessons, please contact our Education and Outreach office at imesnrc@gwu.eduThe following links will open as Docs, PDFs, or Zip archives.


Elementary Lessons:

Geography of Iraq (grades 3-8)

Secondary Lessons:

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (6-8)

Understanding the War in Yemen (6-8)

DBQ- Spread of Islam (6-8)

Middle East Oil (6-8)

Water Resources and Scarcity (6-8)

YA Literature, Dare to Disappoint (6-8)

Ancient Egyptian Pyramids (7)

Demographics of Islam, Perceptions and Statistics (7-8)

Mapping the Middle East (7-9)

YA Literature, Persepolis (7-9)

Desalination of Water (8-9)

YA Literature, Habibi (8-9)

Music and the Middle East (9-12)

Gulf War Oral Histories (10-12)

DBQ- The Arab Spring: Comparing Revolutions in Egypt & Tunisia (10-12)

Secularism and Women's Rights in France and Turkey (10-12)

Egyptian Revolution Writing Lesson (10-12)

The Greek-Turkish Population Exchange (10-12)

Iran Hostage Crisis (10-12)

Women in the Yemini Revolution (10-12)

Stereotypes of the Middle East (10-12)

Life and War in the Middle East (10-12)

Media Bias in the Middle East (10-12)

Analysis of the News (12)

**The grade levels provided are merely a suggestion. Educators should review the materials to ensure suitability for the needs of their individual classroms**