Dari Course 4 - Reading/Writing

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Curriculum

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.

Learning Plans

Title 1. Tradtional Afghan Music (Nowruz Concerts)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 1 Day 1
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title 2. Tradtional Afghan Concert (Nowruz Concerts)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 1 Day 2
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title 3. Historical Places (Minaret of Jam)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 1 Day 3
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 4. Historical Places - (Kabul Musem)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 1 Day 4
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 5. Historical Places - (Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 1 Day 5
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title 6. Historical Places - (ARG)
Grade 6-7
Day: Week 2 Day 6
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 7. Historical Places - (Khyber Pass)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 2 Day 7
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 8. Historical Places - (Sher Darwaza)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 2 Day 8
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 9. Historical Places - (Taqi Zafar)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 2 Day 9
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 10. Special Dish (Samanak)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 10
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title 11. Special Nowruz Dish (Haft Maywa)
Grade 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 11
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate High
Title: 12. Tradtional and Modern Afghan Music
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 12
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 13. Nowruz Traditions: (Mayla-e-Gul-e-Surkh and Sizdah Be-dar)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 13
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 14. Influential People (King Amanullah Khan)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 14
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 15. Influential People (Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 3 Day 15
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title 16.  Influential People (Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi)
Grade 6-7
Day: Week 4 Day 16
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate High
Title: 17. Afghan Singer (Estad Shayda)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 4 Day 17
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 18. Afghan Singer (Ahmad Zahir)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 4 Day 18
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 19. Afghan Singer (Aryana Sayeed)
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 4 Day 19
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High
Title: 20. Public Transportation
Grade: 6-7
Day: Week 4 Day 20
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate High

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Language(s): 

  • Dari

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Intermediate

Material Type(s): 

  • Curricula
  • Learning Plan/Lesson Plan

Grade Level(s): 

  • 6-8

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Planning
  • Learning Tools