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Medieval Islamic Empires

Grade Level Grades 3-8
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Medieval Islamic Empires introduces students to the historical significance of Muhammad and the origins of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula. Students learn about the importance of the Koran and the Five Pillars of Islam. Students also explore the achievements of Muslim scholars and artists, the growth of Muslim empires, and the history of the Crusades, the long series of wars during the Middle Ages in which European Christians attempted to retake control of the Holy Land and other formerly Christian territories in the Middle East.

This unit includes a Student Reader, Timeline Image Cards, and Teacher Guide, providing Guided Reading Supports and the following Additional Activities: map skills exercises; a domain vocabulary activity; art activities about the Taj Mahal and Islamic architecture; an activity on the calligraphy and art of the Koran; and a Unit Assessment.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


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