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Weddings
‫األفراح‬
NHLRC
July 2012
Sawsan Darwish
Hala Issa
Yehia Mohamed
Hana Zabarah
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Student Population
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15 HLLs
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Second Generation
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3 different levels: 4 low, 7 mid, 4 high
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Speak Arabic with both parents at home
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Strong listening and speaking skills
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Have knowledge of the alphabet and some reading and
writing skills
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Rationale
 Heritage
Learners relate themselves to their
country of origin. Traditional weddings are
interesting to HL especially since they hear about
them from their family and see them in the media.
For this reason, any second generation heritage
learner of Arab descent who was born in the
United Stated would be motivated to learn about
traditional Arab weddings and expressions.
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Goals and Objectives
By the end of the wedding unit the students would be able to:
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Engage in a daily conversation, express their feelings and
emotions and exchange their opinions using common
wedding expressions in Arabic.
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Understand and interpret written and spoken language on
the topic of weddings and greetings.
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Use wedding expressions with a culturally appropriate way.
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Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between
traditional Arab weddings and their cultural values.
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Goals and Objectives
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Acquire information about weddings and recognize the
distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the
Arabic language and its cultures.
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Demonstrate understanding of the nature of the Arabic
language through comparisons of wedding invitations in
Arabic and their L1 using authentic text.
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Demonstrate understanding of the concept of the Arab
culture through comparisons of Arab weddings from the
Arab world and Arab weddings in the U.S.
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Use the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
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Materials
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4 YouTube wedding videos from Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, and Saudi
Arabia
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Sample wedding invitations
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbZHR60QCS8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvDzbKd8QiQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTsI3ZQRtBY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgcYCTartJk
http://kenanaonline.com/photos/1238164/1238164363/gallery_1238164363.jp
g?1314620198
A newspaper article about Syrian weddings
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http://www.aawsat.com/details.asp?issueno=11700&article=551403
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Unit Description
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Day 1:
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Pre-assessment
Small group activities:
 Vocabulary and expressions from sample invitations
 Compare and contrast invitations with those in America
Oral group reports
Assessment: feedback
Day 2:
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Videos from YouTube
Compare and contrast Arab weddings in America with those they
watched in small groups
Share with the class
Assessment: Venn diagram, Exit cards
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Unit Description
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Day 3:
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Day 4:
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Reading the newspaper article
Tasks to mixed-level groups
 Different tasks
 One common task
Assessment: T-chart
Homework: Create wedding greeting cards
Share greeting cards in small groups
Review learned content
Day 5:
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Summative test
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Conclusion
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The 5 Cs
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Communication: 1.1, 1.2
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Cultures: 2.1, 2.2
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Connections: 3.2
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Comparisons: 4.1, 4.2
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Communities: 5.2