Cairo: Living Past, Living Future has been designed to serve as a teaching guide for educators of elementary and middle school children, and to serve as both a teaching guide and primary text material for high school educators and their students.
There are two different teaching units in this lesson.
The first, Historic Cairo is subdivided into eight lessons, each covering a particular phase of Cairo's history. Each lesson is accompanied by photographs that illustrate building, different architectural and artistic styles, and other facets of that era. In addition, the historic lessons include sidebar discussions of other subjects that students may find interesting.
We recognize that familiarizing yourself with centuries of detailed history to present a portrayal of one limited geographic location may not be useful in your classroom. For this reason, the historic Cairo unit has been designed so that each lesson may be used separately or in conjunction with some of the other lessons. It is not necessary to use all eight lessons if they do not fit your educational needs.
You may find it useful to use lessons which complement existing lesson plans. Certain lessons mesh very well with subjects you already teach in the classroom. The chart below will help you to choose the lessons that best fit your specific needs:
The second unit covers Modern Cairo. This unit is constructed slightly different from the HIstoric Cairo unit. There is no sidebar text in these lessons, and the lessons are designed to be used as a group rather than individually. This is because the information in each lesson is presented with the assumption that the user will be using all of the lessons in this unit. Using each unit individually will take away from the overall picture that is presented.
The Modern Cairo unit encompasses the following:
Each of the lessons contains a teacher's guide that offers some further insights into the material presented, and suggested activities and questions that will help your students make the most out of these materials.
Each set of teachers notes also includes a chart of standards from both the National Standards for World History as well as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for Social Studies. These standards are included in each lesson to help you understand how each lesson will help your students to utilize the information to meet these standards. Many of the standards are addressed directly through the activities and discussion topics.
It is not possible for us to include all of the information about every topic in this unit. Rather than turn this unit into a virtual textbook, it is our intention that students be given a basic framework of knowledge, which they can then augment through activities and research. We do realize that resources are limited, and so therefore, we have created a resources page for you and your students to use that will take you to other sites on the Internet that are appropriate for classroom usage and will assist you in better understanding the topics at hand.