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Conflict in Syria. A Continuance of the Arab Spring. Objectives. Students will be able to identify both pro and anti government sentiments pertaining to the situation in Syria through the use of: news video segments Readings

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conflict in syria

Conflict in Syria

A Continuance of the Arab Spring

objectives
Objectives
  • Students will be able to identify both pro and anti government sentiments pertaining to the situation in Syria through the use of:
    • news video segments
    • Readings
  • The students will also be able to draw connections through discussion
warm up
Warm Up
  • When is it justified for a people to overthrow their government?
syria history
Syria History
  • Modern State created after WWI
    • By French mandate
    • military coups and coup attempts shook the country 1949–1971
    • Bashar al-Assad has been president since 2000 and was preceded by his father Hafez al-Assad, who was in office from 1971
syria history1
Syria History
  • Muslim population
  • Current conflicts
    • Suspended from Arab League
    • Embroiled in civil war as extension of Arab Spring since 2011
      • Syrian Rebel Army vs Gov’t
conflict
Conflict
  • Causes
    • Displeased with government, want to remove Al-Assad
  • Effects
    • Human Rights violations
    • UN- Feb 2013 states ~70k killed thus far
    • Refugee problems in surrounding countries
    • Battles in both Damascus and Aleppo
t chart the current situation
T-Chart: The Current Situation?
  • As we watch and discuss the following video clips on the conflict in Syria, please fill out your t-chart!
    • Use your film analysis skills to aid you!
  • “Syria on the Brink” (-7:00)
    • http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/empire/2012/03/201232212838378880.html
  • “Syria: Military gains and diplomatic pains?” (-2:00)
    • http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidesyria/2013/03/201331074843354248.html
  • “Syria’s Refugees”
    • http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2013/03/06/pkg-walsh-syria-night-expo.cnn
activity text based discussion
Activity: Text Based Discussion
  • You will read “Army Foils Terrorists’ Infiltration Attempts”
  • Pre-Reading predictions
  • While reading highlight pro government statements (What does this mean?)
  • Add these statements and main points to the t-chart
  • Share with your partner
  • Write on the board
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • What are the two perspectives of the Syrian Conflict? (Reference t-chart)
  • Are these Syrians justified in overthrowing the government? Why or why not?
  • What references to history can you make based on this particular conflict?
  • What if a group of people saw Obama and his government as corrupt and threatening and decided to attack? Is this justified? Why or Why not?
  • Why is it significant to understand this conflict?
closure ticket to exit
Closure: Ticket to Exit

Using the information from today’s PowerPoint, video clips, and reading, please reflect and relate the information to the following quote:

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” - Gerald Seymour

How does this relate?