This ToolBook is perfect for topics on World Regions and the former Soviet Union. Since the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, these lessons are still up-to-date. It begins with an overview (geography, history, religion, economy) of Central Asia, home of the Silk Road and dominated by the Soviet Union during most of the 20th century. It also covers the Islamic Caliphate, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the international heroin trade, and the discovery of oil beneath the Caspian Sea.
The "Central Asia" ToolBook is heavy on games and terms, including: "The ABCs of Central Asia" (recall) and "Can you speak Uzbek?" It also covers:
- Afghanistan: The strange story of Osama bin Laden
- Tajikistan: Years of civil war
- Kyrgyzstan: Like Switzerland, it is a tiny mountain resort.
- Uzbekistan: The hub of Central Asia
- Kazakhstan: Oil giant on the Caspian Sea
- Turkmenistan: Neutrality, nationalism, and a nutball
- Pakistan: The Islamic Bomb
Then the spooky story leading up to September 11th . . .
- Thumbnail profiles and character webs for each of the region's bizarre political leaders
- Mapping the terrorists
- Thinksheets: "If you lived in Uzbekistan, how would your life change?"
About Performance Education ToolBooks
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- Lectures and Stories―provide the basic facts behind the subject being covered and help establish a framework for further learning
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- Games―Unique action Games, brain games and board Games are fun, exciting, encourage fast-paced learning, and provide practice in all 6 levels of Bloom
- The Tests―practice and preparation for the end-of-grade state tests, with hundreds of practice test questions.
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