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Roots of Terrorism
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Classroom Activities

Activity 4: Views of bin Laden

  • Strategies for Discussion
  • Program Descriptions
  • Credits and Acknowledgments

  • Background
  • Key Events
  • Select Individuals by Program
  • Key Organizations
  • Maps of the Region
  • Country Briefings
  • "Basic Facts About Islam"

  • Classroom Activities
  • Activity 1: Roots of Hatred
  • Activity 2: Defining Terrorism
  • Activity 3: Defining an Ally
  • Activity 4: Views of bin Laden
  • Activity 5: U.N. Simulations
  • Activity 6: Making Connections
  • Activity 7: Media and Perception
  • Activity 8: Debates, Discussion Questions, and Writing Prompts
  • Activity 9: How Are You Being Represented?

  • Resources
    Where to go on the Web for more information

    This activity is especially recommended for use with "Looking for Answers," "Saudi Time Bomb?" and "Hunting bin Laden."

    This activity will provide students with an opportunity to:

    • Review geographical, cultural, political, and economic information about individual countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

    • Investigate the influence of Islam in general, and Wahhabism, fundamentalism, and Al Qaeda in particular, in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

    • Practice creating and delivering written and/or oral reports.


    Have students work in pairs or small groups. Assign each pair one of the countries listed in the briefing section. Have them investigate that country's relationship to or view of Osama bin Laden. Be sure they find out enough background information about the country to explain their discoveries. Report to the rest of the class.

    Related Web Materials

    FRONTLINE: Roots of Terrorism
    Includes extended interviews, corollary readings, recommended links and resources, and other background materials.

    University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies
    Provides country-by-country information gathered from a variety of sources.

    CIA World Factbook
    Provides a country-by-country summary of basic information.

    Related Curriculum Standards

    1. Understands the characteristics and uses of maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies

    2. Knows the location of places, geographic features, and patterns of the environment

    5. Understands the concept of regions

    6. Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions

    Language arts
    4. Gathers and uses information for research purposes

    7. Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts

    8. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

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