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Classroom Activities

Activity 5: UN Simulations

  • 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 can be used with any of the FRONTLINE programs related to terrorism.

    This activity will provide students with an opportunity to:

    • Deepen their understanding of global politics.

    • Become more familiar with the geography, culture, political systems, and economic interests of various countries.

    • Become more familiar with the United Nations.

    • Evaluate U.S. actions on the global stage.

    • Practice public speaking, negotiating skills, and/or expository and persuasive writing.


    FRONTLINE films provide excellent preparation for students engaged in mock United Nations activities. You might offer them as resources for students doing the traditional model simulation or use your U.N. exercise to address issues raised in the films or particular to the region. Examples might include:

    • 1998: Bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa

    • 1998: U.S. bombing of Al Shifa chemical plant in Khartoum, Sudan

    • 1990: Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

    • 1993: Bombing of the World Trade Center

    • 1989: Soviet pull-out of Afghanistan

    • 2000: Bombing of the USS Cole

    • 2001: The Taliban announce they will destroy sacred, historic Buddhist sites in Afghanistan

    • You might also review U.N. Human Rights policy or other global treaties and policies. Use these to evaluate each of the actions or events described in the film(s).

    Related Web Materials

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

    United Nations
    Contains the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as a special Cyber School Bus section for educators. The Cyber School Bus section includes materials specifically developed for people involved in model U.N. programs.

    Related Curriculum Standards

    14. Understands issues concerning the disparities between ideals and reality in American political and social life

    22. Understands how the world is organized politically into nation-states, how nation-states interact with one another, and issues surrounding U.S. foreign policy

    23. Understands the impact of significant political and nonpolitical developments on the United States and other nations

    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

    9. Understands the nature, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface

    10. Understands the nature and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics

    11. Understands the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface

    12. Understands the patterns of human settlement and their causes

    13. Understands the forces of cooperation and conflict that shape the divisions of Earth's surface

    Language arts
    4. Gathers and uses information for research purposes

    8. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

    Thinking and reasoning
    2. Understands and applies the basic principles of presenting an argument

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