At the end of the course, I
will give you a letter grade that I feel reflects the learning you
accomplished during the course. I will use three criteria to
determine your grade: (1) attitude, (2) class attendance, and (3)
is displayed through preparation for class, class participation, and
adherence to honor code. Participation
in class includes coming to class having read the assignments, offering
insights, asking inspired questions, utilizing your scriptures during
class discussion, volunteering to read out loud, and taking notes on
class discussions, particularly impressions received.
Things that will significantly hurt your grade are:
There is no quantitative score kept of this
area but it CAN affect the final grade.
- The use of cell phones
during class time, particularly
- Sleeping in
attendance is a crucial part of the course. DO NOT BE LATE OR LEAVE EARLY!!
You may miss two classes without effecting your grade.
Each class missed after that will effect your overall grade by a half
grade drop per day missed. If you miss five or more days, you
will not be given credit for the course.
( ? pts)
Current Events Journal (2 pts each day - for 50 days 100)
the semester (beginning May 8th and continuing to July 10th), spend 10-20 minutes a day to
quickly look at a few online
news sites (such as BBC News-World
Middle East; or Middle East
Daily and in a journal briefly record the major daily events that
are happening in the Middle East (Magreb, Levant, Arabia penisula, Iran,
Keep an eye on the problems going on in
Mali as well.).
You will hand in the journal at the end of the
course (July 11 ). It will be returned to you. [Just a
note: the major countires to keep an eye on are: Israel, Syria,
Egypt, Iran, Mali-Algeria problem but note any others in which a big problem arises)
Map Quiz (63
will be a total of 62 days. Only 50 days will be required.
If you do more you will receive extra credit for each day you do.
will be a test of names of the
countries and their capitals of the Middle East. The countries
that will be on the quiz are the same as those you have already made a
brief study about in this course. It is worth 63
increase your understanding of various topics that need to be
understood in order to grasp the conflicts in the Middle East toady,
towards the end of the course you will
hand in a single-spaced typewritten paper regarding six specific
topics regarding the Middle East. There are three required topics and three optional topics.
topics: (110 pts)
- What is the Middle East, the Arab World, and the Islamic
World? (30 pts)
- The Islamic Religion (30 pts)
- The Arab/Israelie Dilemma (50 pts)
Optional topics (choose three of the following): (30 pts each)
- Sunni/Shi'ite Division
- Islamic Fundamentalism
- Arab Nationalism
- World War 1 and it's Aftermath
- War on Terrorism
- Arab Spring
- One subtopic of the Arab/Israelie Dilemma (The Arab/Israeli
Dilemma is a large topic. You may have a greater interrest in one
of the sub-topics and would like to write more about it.)
On the class page you will find
some resources that will help you in your research and writing of this
under the sub-heading Resources for
Use the following criteria
as a guide
in writing your paper:
- Audience: An American who
knows next to nothing about the root of the conflicts in the Middle East
- Begin with an introduction
explaining what and why your are writing what you are writing
- 5 pages minimum -- 8 pages
- Single spaced
- You must use at least 2 different
resources for each topic.
- Include the resources at the end of each topic not at the
end of the paper. *ALWAYS TRY TO FIND THE ORIGINAL RESOURCE--even
over the interent source if possible.
- Bring hard copy of paper to
class on the date specified on the Daily Topic/Reading Schedule and
here to see an example of an excellent paper.
have included a number of resources to help you on your paper. In
those cases that are PDF I have given you the original resource.
USE THAT REFERENCE when citing that resource on your paper.
Grading for Paper
paper is worth 200
points. 50 points for
Dilemma, 30 points each for
the other four topics. So you can see
there is heavy emphasis on Arab-Israeli Dilemma. That should tell
you how much emphasis to point on the various topics.
- Class periods given to work on paper is worth 40 points.
During the semester, on certain days class will not be held. so
that you might have time to work on the course paper. You should
put in at least two hours of work on the paper (researching, writing,
etc.). You will receive 10 points for each hour. You will
hand in a Accounting Sheet for each class period given for you to work on paper.
Grade Scale for
Scale (NOT ACCURATE FOR CURRENT SEMESTER)
663-629 points B+
D+ 463-444 points
D 443-417 points
D- 416-397 points