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Eighth graders examine the linguistic and cultural impact of the Arabic language and Islamic culture on the Spanish language. They analyze and label maps, listen to and differentiate between Spanish and Arabic music, and compare and contrast modern Eastern and Western popbmusic with traditional flamenco music and modern pop fusions.
Ninth graders build on prior knowledge of basic food vocabulary in Arabic to compare and contrast typical foods eaten for American and Arab breakfasts. Using the specific reading strategy of identifying how English words are represented phonetically using the Arabic alphabet.
Seventh graders research the kingdoms and rulers of Ghana, Mali and Songhay. In groups, they explore the trade routes and the spread of Islam. Using the internet, textbook and other sources, 7th graders collect information and write a summary of their findings. Group presentations are created and presented.
Learners explore an ancient alphabet that is nothing less than beautiful. They make a calligraphy reed which they will use to write their name and a personal description with in Arabic. The instructional activity includes links to a sample of the Arabic alphabet as well as a PowerPoint showcasing variations of the script.
Students explore the basic elements of Islamic art and create their own artistic calligraphy. In this Islamic art activity, students discuss calligraphy and watch a video about Islamic art. Students complete a response sheet for the video and an online text for the topic. Students work in groups to further their study of the Islamic art of calligraphy online. Students teach each other about the art, sketch an example of the Tughra, practice the Arabic alphabet, and create their own calligraphy.
Economics students explore the impact of immigration on the economy, along with other aspects of the Muslim migration into Europe. While the lesson may be effective, the PowerPoint on which it is based is not accessible. Nevertheless, some of the questions may be useful. This should be implemented after a solid introduction to economic policy issues like growth, the business cycle, inflation, and unemployment.
Students explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Learn about the diversity of the culture of Lebanon through this series of cross-curricular lessons. Compare and contrast various cultures through activities and readings. An introduction to the culture of Lebanon is included along with explanations of food, religion, and recreation. Learners will be able to compare their own culture to that of an Arab culture.
Seventh graders examine the geography and political history of West Africa. They role-play as applicants to a company that transports customers to any historic time period. Working in teams, they create promotional products encouraging customers to visit ancient West African civilizations.