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: 7 weeks (35 hours)

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