Here you will find ideas for various learning activities in different subject areas
extending from the reading of An ABC Escapade through Egypt. The activities are mainly
geared toward upper elementary or middle school students but most can be modified
for any age or ability. Each subject title below links to a PDF file with ideas sorted
and linked by topic of study (geometry, culture, etc.) and letter. Some of the resources
in Explore Egypt may also be useful in your projects.
“Linking nonfiction literature with content study serves to heighten students’ interest
and provides the scaffolding necessary for English language learners to process and
understand new concepts and information.”
(Hadaway, Vardell, & Young, 231)
“Special care must be taken to make books available to English language learners
that are interesting and engaging, that build on and extend their background experiences.
Making books available that interest and engage students is critical and can lead
to marked changes in how they view both books and themselves as readers.” (Hadaway,
Vardell, & Young, 63)
“English language learners respond immediately to the highly visual look and factual
content of nonfiction literature.” (Hadaway, Vardell, & Young, 73)
My primary audience for An ABC Escapade through Egypt was Egyptian children learning
English as a second language. It was my hope to provide these students with an interesting
book with topics and images they could relate to. I also wanted to provide a book
that would reinforce both the content and vocabulary that students were learning
in school. Although written for an Egyptian audience, all readers - whether living
here in Egypt or somewhere else - can learn about modern-day Egypt (and more!) with
this engaging nonfiction text.
In the Reading guide below, you will find tips for reading aloud, notes about the
reading process, and suggested activities for each phase - before, during, and after
reading. In the Language Study guide you will find activities focused on language
formation, linguistics, culture, language use, vocabulary, and spelling.
If you are teaching an entire unit on Egypt, the Middle East, or Islam, and are looking
for related children’s books, have a look at my compilations below. All lists (PDFs)
contain titles that can be found on Amazon.com and in local bookstores in Cairo.
The titles cover a variety of genres - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels,
and folktales - and reading levels - from Age 4 to Young Adult. Have a recommendation
to add? Email me.