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Receive a FREE Cities of Light DVD!

If you are a social studies teacher, this is a unique learning experience for your students

The United States Institute of Peace is funding this special opportunity as part of a research effort to explore students' understanding of tolerance and pluralism through the lens of world history.

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain is the story of how Muslims, Christians, and Jews built a thriving society together, but also of how it was torn apart. It is history in the present tense.

Following the August 22, 2007 airing of Cities of Light, UPF will distribute a limited number of free DVDs to social studies teachers across the U.S., who choose to participate in the Classroom Film Evaluation project. As part of this study, UPF will gauge the impact of the film, website, and its associated educational materials across high school social studies classrooms.

Requirements and Eligibility

The Classroom Film Evaluation project requires teachers to show the film in their classroom following UPF guidelines. Students will be required to complete questionnaires before and after watching the film to help assess student reaction to the film. Teacher will then be required to complete online Teacher Surveys using responses from the questionnaires.

In order to be eligible for a free Cities of Light DVD, you must:

  • Be a public or private school social studies teacher, or teach in a home school of greater than 10 students

  • Show the Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain DVD to your classroom (guide for recommended scenes will be enclosed in the package)

  • Download and use at least one of the Lesson Plans provided on this site

  • Complete the online Teacher Surveys

Please note: No copies of the DVD can be duplicated in whole or in part for any purpose, and no portion can be posted online.


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