Mr. Christopher Patten

Lesson #5: Iraq

How have the events and leaders in Iraq's history shaped the nation and the people of Iraq?

Iraq History and Problems (Slides)

Iraq: Graphic Organizer

Sunni vs. Shitte (Reading)

Lesson #3: Kemal Ataturk and Turkey

How did Kemal Atatürk reform Turkey?

Kemal Ataturk - Modernization (Docs)

​Ataturk - Turkey (Slides)

Explore Geography


A fundamentalist is a believer in traditional religious beliefs.  Often fundamentalists oppose modern reforms in favor of returning to traditional beliefs.

Lesson #7: Syria
Does the crisis in Syria classify as genocide, and if so, is the world responsible to intervene?

Syria (Slides)

Syria Graphic Organizer (Docs)

Human Rights Violation (Docs)


Tensions exist between traditional cultures and agents of modernization. Reactions for and against modernization depend on perspective and context.


The Palestine Liberation Organization was founded in 1964 with the purpose of the "liberation of Palestine" through armed struggle, with much of its violence aimed at Israeli civilians

Lesson #6: ISIS

What dangers are posed by ISIS to the Middle East and the global community?​
Dangers of ISIS (Slides)

Dangers of ISIS (Docs)

Frontline: The Rise of ISIS

Lesson #1 - 2: Effects of Urbanization

What have been the effects of urbanization in the late 20th and 21st centuries?​

Effects of Urbanization in the late 20th and 21st centuries (Docs)

Effects of Urbanization (Slides)

Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran

Islamic state means a state based on justice and democracy and structured upon Islamic rules and laws.

Lesson #9: Review

Modern Day (Questions)

Lessons & Resources

Unit 10.8: Tensions Between Cultural Traditions and Modernization