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People Who Help Us

Annenberg Learner, in partnership with QFI and WGBH, has produced seven videos for Arabic teachers that show classrooms emphasizing communication in Arabic through the use of the ACTFL World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The collection is incorporated into Learner’s popular Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Library for educators of all world languages. Each classroom video is accompanied by lesson plans and materials, links to relevant standards, and additional resources. This is a great resource for professional development!

This video is 1 of 7 of the video collection and was filmed in Khamael Alaloom's classroom at William Ford Elementary School in Dearborn, Michigan. The remaining 6 videos can also be found on Al-Masdar in the Annenburg Learner Teaching Arabic Video Resource Collection.

In this lesson, Khamael Alaloom introduces her first-grade class to people who help in the community and teaches students a new letter of the alphabet: miim. At the start of class, she reviews with students the content, language, and vocabulary objectives for the day. Then she projects images of community helpers on the board and reviews their names and what they do. Students pair up and talk about what they understood from the teacher's presentation. Next, Mrs. Alaloom hands out picture cards, and students take turns stating who is in the picture and how the person helps us—first within a small group and then in front of the class. After Mrs. Alaloom calls on a student to read aloud and then point out different parts of a sentence, students complete a writing activity in their notebooks, copying the sentences she provides. Finally, students review the letter miim and identify it at the beginning and in the middle of different vocabulary words.

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