Middle School Social Studies / 7th Grade
The Nobel Prize: Islamic Golden Age
Of all of the contributors to the Golden Age of Islam, which is most deserving of a Nobel Prize?
Students explore the Islamic Golden Age – the great thinkers of the time and their contributions to humanity and science. They deliberate over eight possible nominees for a new Nobel prize, the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Humanity.” After a thorough investigation of the history of Islam, the four caliphates, and the eight nominees, students engage in a series of battle round debates. Through skilled argumentation, a winner is determined. Students write to the Nobel committee recommending their suggested winner as the first recipient of this new posthumous award.
Unit length: 5 weeks (24 hours)
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