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September 15, 1999

The Crusades: A View from Jordan
http://www.acsamman.edu.jo/~ms/crusades
GRADE LEVEL: 6 to 8

CONTENT:
The Crusades, an embarrassing chapter in European history, left behind a fascinating legacy of fortified castles all over the Holy Land. Go on a virtual tour with this sixth-grade class from Jordan as the students explore the history of these beautiful architectural landmarks.

AESTHETICS:
The site has many photos, including plenty of great images of the castles.

ORGANIZATION:
The site is well organized and features navigational links at the tops and bottoms of the pages. Many pages can be slow loading because of the large image files.

REVIEW:
In 1909, before his years of heroism and fame, Lawrence of Arabia set out to visit the crusaders' castles on foot. He walked more 1,000 miles, and learned a great deal about an almost forgotten chapter in world history. Now you have the opportunity to tour some of these historic ruins. Go along with Mr. Barnwell's sixth-grade class from Amman, Jordan, and explore the castles, learn about the different crusades, and even begin to understand the lives of the crusaders themselves! This joint teacher-students project is well put together and includes lesson planning tips for building your own castles! Have fun with this one!

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