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Project Suggestions

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Project Suggestions

For many people, including youth, providing opportunities to take positive action to help can be an effective learning and coping strategy. CRF has provided a list of service-learning projects students could do to learn and teach about the war in Iraq.

 

1. Hold a teach-in. Using the social studies department and CRF’s online web links as a resource, hold school or community presentations and discussions about topics and issues related to the war in Iraq. Topics could include the history, culture, and geography of the Middle East and Iraq in particular; a discussion of Middle Eastern attitudes toward the United States; the economic, political and social effects of globalization on the “have-nots” of the area; how our nation has dealt with previous wars, attacks to its security; issues of security versus freedom, and more.

2. Hold a community town meeting. Have students brainstorm and research topics as a preparation for moderating discussions about terrorism-related issues.

3. Write and conduct a survey. Determine how students or community members feel about the war in Iraq and post the results at school and in the local media.

4. Humanitarian Aid. Research and contact humanitarian aid groups who will be sending food, clothing, and medical supplies to the Iraqi people. Choose a humanitarian aid group to sponsor and develop a strategy to support them.

5. Draw a map. Create and display a giant map of the Middle East including national boundaries, terrain, cities, and resources. Research and write short descriptions of relevant information and crucial events and attach them to their geographical positions.

6. Form a media watch. Monitor daily news broadcasts or newspaper front pages for evidence of bias; reflect on the fairness of the reporting, and prepare a media watch presentation for your school or community.
 
7. Design an art space. Create a space for students to paint, draw, and construct their thoughts and feelings about the war in Iraq and related subjects. Use the art space as a presentation forum and follow-up to classroom discussions, research projects, town meetings, or teach-ins.

8. Write a play. Following research and discussion about the Middle East, have students create a play about life in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or other Middle Eastern countries. Present the play to the school and community.

9. Poems, journals and letters. Provide opportunities for written expression about the war in Iraq including journals. Identify issues and have students write letters of concern to local and national elected officials, local newspapers, or United Nations officials. Create a voluntary forum such as a reading or display for students to share their writings.

10. Gather oral histories. Talk to parents, grandparents, and others from older generations who have experienced previous national and international crises. Ask them to compare their past experiences to their impressions of the current crisis. Transcribe and display or dramatize oral histories.

11. Locate and arrange to meet with students, teachers, or community members from an Islamic school, advocacy group, or community center to learn about Middle Eastern culture.

12. Form a study group. Meet with other interested students on a regular basis to research and discuss issues surrounding the war in Iraq, terrorism, international relations, Middle Eastern politics and culture, civil liberties in time of war, and more. Create presentations or conduct mentoring sessions with younger students.