Mashrabiya is a window enclosed with carved wood latticework. The latticework can also be made of metal or marble and filled with colourful glass. The screens are commonly found in Middle Eastern countries, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and India. Elaborate examples were created during the time of the Persian and Ottoman Empires. The word Mashrabiya (‘mash- ra – bee – a’) is said to be derived from the Arabic word ‘mashrafiya’ which in turn is derived from the verb ‘ashrafa’ which means to overlook or observe. Mashrabiya were traditionally used in homes and palaces. In palaces it was used in some internal windows as a privacy screen. It allowed woman to be hidden from the men yet be able to hear and see the comings and goings of people in the palace. This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of four lessons, which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. The lessons can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on the Middle East, India, Morocco, Egypt, Persia, hot dry climates, architecture, privacy or sustainable cooling techniques. All resources (lesson plans, online links, photographs and worksheets) are included.