12th Grade Social Studies Elective. This lesson can be adjusted for other grade levels and subjects. It aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
Reading Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies
Key Ideas and Details
Standard 1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole
- Students will be using specific textual evidence to support analysis of both the primary source document (the second Fatwa) and the secondary source documents about responding to terror to analyze and draw conclusions about the motivations of religious extremists and how governments have responded and should respond to the threat of terror.
Standard 2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
- Students will be using Osama bin Laden’s second Fatwa to determine the central ideas of Al Qaeda’s creed. They will need to find specific textual evidence to support their decisions about what Al Qaeda’s central ideas are and will use those ideas to form an argument about how the United States should respond.
Standard 3: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
- Students will be exposed to several different sources from the Choices program about how governments respond to terrorism and its implications for democracy. They will also be evaluating these sources, in conjunction with the second Fatwa, in order to determine the best response the U.S. government can make.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Standard 9: Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
- Students will be reading several different accounts of government responses to religious extremism and terrorism, and will be using these documents as well as the second Fatwa in order to have a more coherent understanding of the beliefs and motivations of religious extremists and how governments respond.
Writing Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Text Types and Purposes
Standard 1: Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
- Students will be using their readings and the evidence they gather from both the primary and secondary sources in order to make a recommendation to the United States government about its best response to terrorism.