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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.

 

 

 

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“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.

 

  Children’s and YA Literature related to modern Egypt

 

 Children’s and YA Literature set in the Middle East*

 

 Children’s and YA Literature about Islam and Islamic Holidays

 

 

* Includes stories from Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran and others but NOT Afghanistan or Pakistan.

 

Lists of Literature available as eBooks - (Last Updated October 2011)

 

Middle Grade and Young Adult eBooks - modern Egypt

 

Children’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult eBooks - ancient Egypt

Teaching Tidbits

Reading, Literature, and Language

Writing

Postcards, like the one to the right, can be used as motivating and attractive writing material for students.

 

Students can write a summary of the their favorite topic from the book.

 

Students can choose a letter and new topic, research, and then write an informational paragraph on the postcard. Create a class project and have each student in the class choose a different letter.

 

Students can write a book review.