Understanding Egypt's Uprising
The revolution in Egypt toppled a longtime president and ushered in the promise of democracy. Young people have been integral in this movement as they have inspired people of all walks of life to voice their discontent with living conditions and lack of job opportunities.
What sparked this revolution? What role did online communications play in growing the movement? Who are the real people behind the democracy movement? These questions and more can drive discussions of this current event. How can you engage students to talk about it? We've scoured our resources and come up with some ways.
1.) Advise students to watch the NEW FRONTLINE Special: Revolution in Cairo on GPB, February 22 at 9 p.m. and discuss the April 6th group - the youth movement behind the protests.
FRONTLINE dispatches teams to Cairo, going inside the youth movement that helped light the fire on the streets. We follow the "April 6th" group, which two years ago began making a bold use of the Internet for their underground resistance--tactics that led to jail and torture for many of their leaders. View the Cairo People Power Slideshow and talk about the images.
2.) Connect students Jessica Elsayed, a teen from Alexandria, Egypt who is a senior reporter for Youth Journalism International.
Read her first person accounts about of taking part in the protests available on the PBS News Hour Extra: Student Voices site. Explore PBS NewsHour Extra's articles that summarize the course of events and the issues surrounding it. Download the site's student activity sheets here to help drive discussions and work.
3.) Review GPB Digital Education's video biography and short stories on Egypt. We've listed a few below. (Your username and password is required to login to the site from the GPB Education home page.)
4.) Use the lesson Teaching with the News: The Choices Program History and Current Issues for Today's Classroom from Brown University
It includes a lesson plan, graphic organizer, powerpoint and YouTube videos.
5.) Encourage your students to keep up with current events as they continue to enfold each day and give mini-reports on them.
Here is a list of credible news story sites we recommend:
- GPB News
- NPR News
- NEW! NPR Weekend Edition: Different Meanings of Democracy For West, Middle East
- Life In Egypt Today
New York Times