Algerian Folk Tales and Grimm’s Fairy Tale

A Lesson to Compare and Contrast the Algerian folk tale “How the Animals Kept the Lions Away” by Inea Bushnaq and “The Bremer Stadt Musicians” (The Bremen City Musicians) from Grimm’s Fairy Tales (German).

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Crusade Perspectives

Overview This lesson is meant to strengthen students’ skills in historical analysis and understanding diverse perspectives. The writing prompts, class discussion, and use of art as well as text should provide students with a broad understanding of the …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

All Roads Lead to Istanbul: 1550 World’s Fair Simulation

Unit Purpose: To understand the Middle Ages period of history from a global perspective. Goals: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, 1300’s to 1500’s,  specifically in the areas of geography, social structure, religion, agricult …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Blind Man and the Elephant

Purpose: This lesson encourages students to see “the rest of the picture” in a situation. In making the situations relevant to K-2 (actually, all) students it creates a foundation serving as a launching pad for students to explore multiculturalism with …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Cemetery Celebrations

A Comparison Study of how the Southwest traditions around “Day of the Dead” and cemeteries compare and contrast to cemetery traditions in Oman. Additional materials required.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Introduction to Islam

Goals: The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the religion of Islam. By providing facts about aspects of the religion, another goal of the lesson is to help dispel the negative views that are often associated with Islam and Muslims since t …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Hanging Odes and Arabic Calligraphy: Investigating the Personal

Essential Question: How can a piece of art/poem tell us about someone’s Identity? Objectives: I will learn how to use vivid language in my poetry. I will use my poem to inspire my own unique Arabic signature.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International Holiday Unit

Objectives: Students will: Learn about how people celebrate different holidays around the worldChristmas, Ramadan, and Hanukkah. Use graphic organizers to compare information. Discover similarities and differences in celebrations. Create a pattern of h …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Money

Purpose/Connection to the Curriculum: This lesson is designed to meet particular 5th grade math and social studies standards through a discussion of Middle Eastern currency. Students use mathematical operations to exchange currencies and then learn abo …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Quran Powerpoint

This lesson goes through the history of the Qur’an and it’s significance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Ramadan: A Muslim Holiday

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Arabic calendar. The Arabs have a lunar calendar that is shorter than our solar calendar so the month of Ramadan comes at a different time every year (sometimes in the summer, sometimes winter, etc.). This lesson intro …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Iraq

Objective: For all students to explore Oman through Virtual Field Trips to various sites of historical, cultural, religious, geographic, and other importance.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story A Multidisciplinary Examination of Culture and Lunar Cycles

Purpose: This unit is an excellent opportunity to explore Islamic culture and include Muslims in cultural holiday studies. Recognizing that every moment in the classroom is precious this unit uses a multidisciplinary approach integrating reading and li …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic for Arabic Speakers Workbook 2012

This is an introductory workbook for heritage students of Arabic. The workbook begins with an English introduction to the Arabic language and goes through Arabic letters and script. The book includes three units for the students about food, family, and …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The National Heritage Language Resource Center

My Two Worlds as an Arab American: Thematic Units for Heritage Speakers of Arabic

This unit guide comprises of a variety of topics and activities for heritage learners of the Arabic language. There are worksheets and homework assignments for students included in this guide.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Heritage Language Resource Center

Arabic Lessons for Heritage Learners

These lessons are aimed at heritage learners of Arabic and are for beginners. The lessons incorporate information on letters, flashcards, multiple choice, and other activities aimed at comprehension.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: STARTALK

Arabic for Arabic Speakers

This workbook was designed for heritage speakers of Arabic to use both in the classroom and at home. This workbook covers a wide range of topics for beginner and intermediate students to learn vocabulary, writing, and reading. There are a multitude of …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: STARTALK and the National Heritage Language Resource Center and United States Department of Education

Teacher’s Corner

This resource includes a variety of movies about Islam, Arab Americans, and history surrounding the Arab world. Movie titles include: American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction;  Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet; Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story; C …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Unity Productions Foundation

Immigration Myths

Description from Teaching Tolerance website: Activities will help students: Break down myths and stereotypes about immigration Essential Questions: How do stereotypes begin? Why do people perpetuate myths? How can myths and stereotypes be broken down?

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Teaching Tolerance

Talking to Your Kids About the Refugee Crisis: 8 Activities for Families

Description from website: It can be difficult to begin an age-appropriate conversation about tragedy with your children, especially when it’s an ongoing situation like the refugee crisis. So, we’ve pulled together this list of activities to help famili …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Where in the World Is the Middle East? An Action Research Approach

Description from CMES website: This is an Action Research on geography of the Middle East. This approach will allow teachers to know what is actually happening in the classrooms, what students are thinking, why students are reacting in the way they do, …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Water in the Desert

Description from CMES website: Goal: Students will develop an increased awareness of water use and scarcity. Students will be able to make comparisons between how Americans use water and how people in southern Morocco use water.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

My Name and Beyond: Q Wheel Curriculum

Our names are tied to our cultural identity. Names are all around us and have a connection to the surrounding culture. Every name has a story: how we were named and how we name our children, brand names we like, finding a name for our businesses, namin …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route

Description from BBC The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe – risking death, capture …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: BBC

National Library Archives Trace History of Qatar’s Flag

This resource tracks the history and significance of Qatar’s flag.

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Doha news

Arabic Yoga Lesson Plan: English

This lesson plan serves as a guide for a 45-minute Arabic yoga class and is meant to be used by an Arabic teacher with students ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old. However, using thematic yoga lessons to teach Arabic can easily be adapted for any cla …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider:

Arabic Yoga Lesson Plan: Arabic

This lesson plan serves as a guide for a 45-minute Arabic yoga class and is meant to be used by an Arabic teacher with students ranging in age from 4 to 7 years old. However, using thematic yoga lessons to teach Arabic can easily be adapted for any cla …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider:

Family & Routines: Third Grade Summative Assessment

This summative assessment was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in gauging the student’s understanding of the topic of family and routines in daily life following a unit on this topic. This assessm …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Family & Routines: Third Grade Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of family and routines in daily life to Arabic students at the 3rd-grade level. This resource was developed through the …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Family & Routines: Third Grade Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of family and routines in daily life to Arabic students at the 3rd-grade level. This resource was developed through the Qa …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Shapes & Sizes: Third Grade Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of shapes and sizes to Arabic students at the 3rd-grade level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Professiona …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Shapes & Sizes: Third Grade Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of shapes and sizes to Arabic students at the 3rd grade level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Professional …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

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 …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Online Tools, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Comparing the Weather

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

How We Spend Our Free Time

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

A Place I Call Home

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Making Sales Calls

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Making Plans

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Vegetables We Like

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Teaching Arabic Overview Video

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 …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Annenberg Learner

Refugees Around the World

Through this lesson plan, students will evaluate the essential question: How are refugee experiences unique and how are they universal? Students will learn about the refugee crisis in a more personal narrative and watch video clips depicting daily expe …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Syrian Refugee Crisis: #Is it my problem

Through this lesson plan, students will explore the concepts of collective and individual responsibility in relation to the refugee crisis in Syria. This lesson was originally created for middle school language arts but can be easily adapted for elemen …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

The Faces and Voices of the Refugee Crisis

Through this lesson plan, students will analyze the stories of individuals to gain a more complete and empathetic understanding of the experiences of the refugees we see in the news. Students will evaluate the question: Who is a refugee? This lesson wa …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Déjà vu? An Analysis on the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Through this lesson plan, students will analyze how the Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis relate. Students will evaluate the question: How does history/historical events inform contemporary issues? This lesson was originally created for middle sc …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Understanding the Refugee Crisis – What Would You Bring?

Through this lesson plan, students will independently brainstorm preconceptions about refugees, explore refugee narratives in a whole group and small groups, and compare and contrast the Syrian refugee crisis with other historical examples of migration …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International

Animals: K-5 Unit Plan

This unit plan was produced by Arabic language teachers and intended for use by Arabic language teachers in teaching the topic of animals to Arabic students at the K-5 level. This resource was developed through the Qatar Professional Development Worksh …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Family & Routines: Third Grade Summative Assessment

This summative assessment was produced by Arabic language teachers and is intended for use by Arabic language teachers to gauge the learner’s understanding of the topic of family and routines at the 3rd-grade level. This assessment is designed to be us …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Concordia Language Villages

Children Like Us

In this lesson, students will engage in an interactive exercise celebrating the life and culture of young people across the world. The exercise is intended to show similarities and differences in the experiences of people, highlighting the life and cul …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format:
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Arab American National Museum

Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran

This online exhibit of Mughal painting contains a fine gallery of images, into which viewers can zoom to examine small details of each painting. In addition, some of the images also contain audio recordings of readings of the texts which the images ill …

Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Smithsonian Institution

حقوق الطفل – من حقي طفولتي

A short video good for teaching some phrases about children’s right. The video shows some incidents and children stating their rights in safety, protection, education, and expression. It is good to teach about many aspects of the Arab culture that migh …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Sadek Al-Ramadan