"Fractured Lands" Professional Development Workshop and Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12 and University-level Educators

"Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart”
A workshop for K-12 and post-secondary educators

Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saieh Hall for Economics | University of Chicago campus
1160 East 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

On Saturday, February 11, the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Arabic Language and Culture, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting presented a professional development workshop that gave K-16 educators new ideas, strategies, and content for teaching about contemporary Arab societies across North Africa and West Asia. Based on the groundbreaking New York Times Magazine article “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart” by award-winning journalist Scott Anderson and photographer Paolo Pellegrin, this workshop was led by Fareed Mostoufi, Senior Education Manager with the Pulitzer Center. Other presentations included educators who have incorporated “Fractured Lands” into their teaching, a lengthy Q&A and discussion via Skype with Scott Anderson, and a talk by journalist Jeanne Carsentensen about her reporting from the island of Lesbos, Greece on the Middle East refugee crisis.

Illinois public school teachers who attended earned five ISBE professional development hours. 

Link to “Fractured Lands” New York Times Magazine story: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/11/magazine/isis-middle-east-...


Pulitzer Center Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12 and University-level Educators

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is excited to share two new lesson plans and education programming connected to The New York Times Magazine “Fractured Lands,” the groundbreaking August 14, 2016, edition of the magazine that is devoted entirely to the work of Pulitzer Center grantees Scott Anderson, Paolo Pellegrin, and Ben C. Solomon.

In a gripping story that follows six individuals—of different ages, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities—Anderson examines the unraveling of the modern Middle East from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. Accompanying the piece are 20 black and white photographs by Pellegrin and a virtual-reality experience by Solomon that transports the viewer to the Iraqi city of Falluja and the heart of the campaign against ISIS.

The Pulitzer Center education team has created a series of lesson plans on our online Lesson Builder tool to connect educators and students to this essential story.

K-12 Lesson Plan

University-level Lesson Plan

The K-12 Lesson Plan outlines activities and reflection questions introducing the themes of “Fractured Lands,” comprehension questions for all chapters, discussion questions that encourage analysis of the story’s structure and theme, and a series of extension activities that can be used to further student engagement with the story. A University-level Lesson Plan by Elon University School of Communications Associate Professor Glenn Scott provides guiding questions and activities that deepen analysis of “Fractured Lands” through research and discussion. Both lessons can be easily adapted and modified by creating a Lesson Builder account.

Contact education@pulitzercenter.org if you would like support in connecting your students to “Fractured Lands.”