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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.
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