The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin

 ISBN: 1590784316 Boyd's Mill Press

Author's Website: http://www.asmamobinuddin.com/

 

 


 Basic Lesson Procedure

With university students

1.   1.  Brainstorm W questions with class – on board.  Practice saying them. “Who is there? What are they doing? Why are they doing this? When is it? Where is it?” Students stand in a line: One facing board with cover without title, the other not. The one NOT facing asks questions. The OTHER answers. Swap and do this again.

2. We are going to read the story “The best Eid ever”. What do you know about EID? KWL on board : Eid al-Adha 2013 begins in the evening of Monday, October 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, October 15

3. Now do the information gap – read it quietly and figure it out. Then read in pairs and find the missing words. Give pictures a caption and decide what the picture shows, which aspect of the text?

4. Read the story, as you go ask questions and simplify the text. One child on a rotating basis acts as Aneesa.

5. Fill in KWL chart more – what more do you know now?

6.  With University students: Re-read the story in pairs – ask what adaptations they would make to the reading in a 2nd or a 6th grade. Tell it together and talk about the telling of it – how to make it interactive…

7. Brainstorm potential for follow up activities in ELT – language level or content level. Language level – put strips in order / play charades with them.

8. Brainstorm potential on a content level - do living recipes activity or relate to Kwanzaa activity. 

 


Information gap

 

Person A. Eid al-Adha

 

Source: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īdu l-’Aḍḥā) "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Bairam" is a religious ___________ celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is when Muslims sacrifice (opfern) a goat, sheep, ___________ or a camel, and share it with poor people. It marks the ___________ of the Pilgrimage (Pilgerfahrt: religious voyage) or Hajj for the millions of Muslims who make the ___________ to Mecca each year and pray many times a day.

The festival is to ___________ Ibrahim's (Abraham’s) willingness (Bereitschaft) to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, because Allah told him to do so in a ___________. At the final moment, God said “No! Not your son - a ___________”. This act is copied by Muslims all over the world today on Eid.

 

Muslims celebrate by having a ___________, and giving gifts to the poor. In some Muslim _________, gifts are also given to children. In Muslim countries the day is a national holiday.

 

Person B. Eid al-Adha

Source: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īdu l-’Aḍḥā) "___________ of Sacrifice" or "Greater Bairam" is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is when Muslims sacrifice (opfern) a ___________, sheep, cow or a camel, and share it with ___________ people. It marks the end of the Pilgrimage (Pilgerfahrt: religious voyage) or Hajj for the ___________ of Muslims who make the trip to Mecca each year and pray many times a ________.

 

 The festival is to celebrate Ibrahim's (Abraham’s) willingness (Bereitschaft) to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, ___________ Allah told him to do so in a dream. At the ___________ moment, God said “No! Not your son - a lamb”. This act is copied by Muslims all over the ___________ today on Eid.

 

Muslims celebrate by having a feast, and giving ___________ to the poor. In some Muslim traditions, gifts are also given to ___________. In Muslim countries the day is a national holiday.

(Source of pictures must be double-checked)


Sequencing and acting strips

Aneesa’s parents are away in Saudi Arabia. Point to ‘Saudi Arabia’ on the map.

Aneesa is sad. Show ‘sad’.

Aneesa is from Pakistan. Point to ‘Pakistan’ on the map.

Aneesa lives in the United States. Point to ‘the United States’ on the map.

Aneesa’s grandmother is babysitting. Show ‘babysitting’.

Aneese puts on her new clothes. Show ‘put on clothing’.

Aneesa likes lamb korma. Show ‘eat’!

Aneesa meets poor girls. Show her meeting two girls.

The two girls are new to the United States.  Show ‘new’.

The two new girls are not rich. Show ‘rich’.

Aneesa shares her food and clothing with the two new girls. Show Aneesa ‘sharing her food and clothes’.

The two new girls share the food and clothing with their neighbors. Show ‘share with neighbors’.

Aneesa and her grandmother hide in the bushes. Show Aneesa and her grandmother hiding.

Aneesa and her grandmother eat pizza for dinner. Show ‘eating pizza’.

It was a happy day. Show ‘happy day’!


Recipe Charades

Find appropriate recipes and simplify the language.

At the top of each recipe, write:

  1. Read through these instructions.
  2. Read through your recipe.
  3. Plan a skit with your recipe – every member of your group must participate, you must act out chefs, food items and cooking utensils.
  4. Practice your skit.
  5. Act it out to the class once – they will guess what the recipe is.
  6. Choose 2 classmates. They will be the “recipe announcers” as you act it out a 2nd time. They will narrate your recipe step by step. The other classmates will write down / list the steps.