|Title||Trip to Afghanistan and participating in Nowruz festival|
|Grade||6 – 7|
|Proficiency Level||Intermediate Mid|
|Targeted Performance Level||Intermediate High|
Theme: “Trip to Afghanistan and participating in Nowruz festival.” Nowruz (new day), which marks the beginning of spring, is widely celebrated in Afghanistan and the neighboring countries of Iran and Tajikistan on New Year’s Day (according to the solar calendar). The history of Nowruz goes back three thousand years. Through interactive activities, learners will explore traditions and customs that are involved with Nowruz celebration. They will learn when and for how long Nowruz is celebrated, as well as what families and societies do in order to welcome the start of spring on Nowruz.
The course will target learners in 6th and 7th grades (11-12 years old); however, activities will be varied in order to differentiate instruction for older learners who are entering the program at the level. For instance, younger children will be exposed to and will practice the language using painting and drawing, while older learners will complete charts and Venn diagrams.
The curriculum is intended for intensive STARTALK programs (5 days a week, 6 hours per day, including 2 hours for homework and further practice),but can be easily adapted for different program structures such as weekend schools, semester long programs, etc.
In the process of learning, learners will read story books and short articles, write simple summaries and reviews about Nowruz/ New Year celebration and share their findings with the class the next day. Learners will also interpret works of art, photographs, and simple pieces of literature (i.e., children’s songs, games, etc.). They will work in pairs or small groups to compare and contrast similarities and differences between New Year’s celebrations in Afghanistan and the United States. They will look at Nowruz related pictures and predict/brainstorm ideas that may be associated with Nowruz. By the end of the program, learners will be able to read and write short paragraphs, explain and describe favorite foods, games, activities, and important places that Afghans usually visit during Nowruz celebration.
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