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New Choices Curriculum for High School:
"Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution"

The latest in the Choices Program's Teaching with the News series

January 10, 2014

"[Graffiti] is in a sense talking the conscience of the street."

Mayssun Succarie, Brown Middle East Studies faculty, speaking in a video component of the lesson

After the Egyptian revolution of 2011, graffiti artists flocked to the streets of Cairo to document the spirit, events, and hardships of this unfinished struggle. In this lesson, which includes video commentary and other teaching resources, students are asked to:

  • Assess the role of graffiti in political protest.
  • Analyze the relevance of graffiti during the Egyptian revolution (January 2011-present).
  • Articulate opinions on graffiti and censorship.

Choices, a project of the Watson Institute and Brown's Office of Continuing Education, is a national education program that develops curriculum resources for the secondary level and offers professional development to classroom teachers. Its mission is to equip young people with the skills, habits, and knowledge necessary to be engaged citizens who are capable of addressing international issues with thoughtful public discourse and informed decision making.