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The Center for Global Studies, a Title VI National Resource Center at the Pennsylvania State University, is committed to enhancing global perspectives in K-12 classrooms in the state of Pennsylvania. We are pleased to have coordinated the development of curricular materials for the World on Trial: Headscarf Law episode.

Dustin Lee Yenser is a Middle School Social Studies teacher at Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School in State College, Pennsylvania. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State University. Dustin holds certifications in Social Studies, Civics, and Earth & Space Science as well as Middle School Social Studies and Middle School Science. He taught in Norway and China before coming to State College.

Created by: Dustin Lee Yenser

Grade Level: 7-12

Concept Areas: Social Studies, Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Cultural Studies, Globalization, Religion, Immigration

Key Concepts: This lesson plan is intended for use in conjunction with the World on Trial: Headscarf Law Episode. In 2004, the French government banned the conspicuous display of religious symbols in public schools. This most notably affected the right of young Muslim women to wear traditional headscarves or other forms of cover. Students will research the practice of covering and the motivation for the ban. They will then view a trial-format debate between experts in the World on Trial episode. Finally, they will analyze the arguments presented by both sides and register their own opinion in the ongoing debate.

  • Laïcité - French policy of secularism or "freedom from religion"
  • Law of the Brothers - social pressure to conform exerted by Muslim men on Muslim women
  • Cover - general term for various degrees of modest clothing and head covering required of Muslim women
  • Hijab - both a common type of headscarf worn by Muslim women and the practice of wearing it
  • Paternalism - Social structure in which men hold authority
  • PA 5.1.7.A Cite functional examples of how the rule of law protects property rights, individual rights, and the common good
  • PA 5.2.7.A Compare and contrast rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the community, state, and nation
  • PA 8.1.7.B Identify and use primary and secondary sources to analyze multiple points of view for historical events
  • PA 8.1.8.B Compare and contrast a historical event, using multiple points of view from primary and secondary sources
  • PA 8.4.7.C Differentiate how continuity and change have impacted world history
    • Belief systems and religions
    • Commerce and industry
    • Technology
    • Politics and Government
    • Physical and human geography
    • Social organizations
  • PA 8.4.8.D Compare conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations which have impacted the history and development of the world
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