West Asia Teacher's Guide
One approach to West Asian history is to see what it can tell us about the problems that face the world today. What sorts of governments succeed in West Asia? What are the things people have fought about in the past? Is it better for there to be big empires, or small countries?
Another approach would be to look at the conflict between the people who focus on the Mediterranean Sea and the people who focus on the landmass of West Asia. How has this led to conflict? What are the different attitudes of these people?
Or, you could consider West Asia's economic role as a link between China/India and Europe/Africa. How has this been important to the development of West Asia? What important ideas have been passed through this route?