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One type of Islamic art is very geometric. Its base is lines and circles. The artists start with two lines that intersect at right angles. Then they draw a circle with its center as the intersection point of the two lines. More circles and lines are drawn from there. The centers of the circles are always the intersection points of circles and circles or circles and lines. Lines are drawn from points where circles intersect circles or other lines. Once they have drawn many lines and circles, they start erasing pieces of the lines and circles until they create a unique pattern.
This type of art can be used in conjunction with your lesson. Have your students make a piece of art using this method. Then have them place the art on a graph. The students can find the equations of the lines and circles in their drawings and their starting and ending points. If you have computers available, the students can program the computer to make their pattern.
As a start to the lesson, I would suggest finding photographs of this type of Islamic art for your students to view. It will give them some idea of what they are shooting for. At that time you can give some background information about this art, tieing in the cultural aspect.