The time required to complete this is two 50 - 60 minute class periods.
In this lesson students will:
1. Ask students to locate Middle Eastern countries, their capital cities and the areas visited by the reporters. They can use an interactive map developed by FRONTLINE for the "In Search of Al Qaeda" Web site.
2. Divide the students into seven groups and give them the student assignment sheet. Six of these groups will research the countries and regions that are visited by the FRONTLINE reporters: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Pakistan's tribal areas, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and India. [Note: The documentary covers Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Pakistan's tribal areas and Yemen. The reporters' visits to the United Arab Emirates and India are described in the dispatches on the Web site for "In Search of Al Qaeda.". The seventh group will look at Iraq (see #4 below).]
Research on each country should include:
3. The first six groups will read the dispatches that are relevant to their country/region. They should use the FRONTLINE site at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/search/behind.
4. The seventh group will look at U.S. concerns about Iraq. Although the reporters did not visit Iraq, President Bush has identified Iraq as a potential target in the war against terrorism. In a statement to the American public, he outlined his reasons for this stance. CNN reported on this development in the following excerpt:
In addition to the general research about Iraq, the seventh group should research the current situation in Iraq and answer the following questions:
1. Completion of the map activities.
2. Map test to be given during a later class period.
3. Each of the groups will make a short presentation that covers major points about their country prior to viewing the documentary.
4. After viewing the documentary, six groups will analyze the effectiveness of the resources used by FRONTLINE.
5. The seventh group will report on the current situation in Iraq and the United Nations investigation of Iraq's weapons.