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Roots of Terrorism
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Classroom Activities

Activity 6: Making Connections: Reviewing events in FRONTLINE programs

  • 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 includes materials for use with each of the FRONTLINE programs related to terrorism.

    This activity will provide students with an opportunity to:

    • See how events are linked and better understand cause and effect in the unfolding of history.

    • Practice listening skills.

    • Increase understanding of events underlying the growth of Islamic fundamentalism and the roots of recent terrorist attacks.


    Prior to viewing, hand out the page below that matches the program you are viewing. During or after viewing, have students draw a pathway between events to show how they are linked. They can number events as they go, ending with a representation of links and sequence. Or, invite students to do the assignment "freestyle," with students explaining why they've drawn various lines, and inventing different kinds of lines to represent different kinds of relationships. Advanced students might be given a list of events from which to create their own drawings or webs rather than the page below.

    Related Web Materials

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

    Related Curriculum Standards

    Historical understanding
    1. Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns

    Thinking and reasoning
    2. Understands and applies basic principles of logic and reasoning

    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

    Language arts
    8. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

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