In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary found in the book Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. Students will create a spider map of 3-5 terms at the teachers discretion. Each cell will contain a term or allusion, its definition or description, and an appropriate illustration.
Alif: The first letter in the Arabic alphabet
Baji: Big sister
Beef korma: A curry dish made with beef
Bey: The second letter in the Arabic alphabet
Call to prayers: A speaker placed on a minaret signals to Muslims that it is time to pray. The call to prayer happens five times a day: dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night.
Chador: An article of clothing worn by Muslim women that wraps around the head and body leaving only the face exposed.
Chai: A type of tea made by boiling tea leaves with milk, sugar, and strong spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger.
Cholay: Curried chickpeas
Cricket: Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps.
Dowry: Payment given from the bride’s family to the husband’s family as a part of the marriage. In Pakistan it is typical to include jewelry, clothing, and money. It could also be animals or land.
Eid: Eid al-Fitr is an important holiday celebrated by Muslims that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Henna: a dye prepared from a flowering plant known as hina.
Hijab: A headscarf worn to cover the hair.
Jinn: A spirit in Arabian and Muslim mythology.
Kameez: An article of clothing worn by both men and women. It can be a long shirt or more of a dress.
Kebabs: Grilled meat often cooked on a skewer.
Kulfis: A frozen dairy dessert that has also been called “traditional Indian ice cream”.
Laddus: Round sweets made from sugar, flour, and some sort of nuts.
Mehndi: Body art drawn on the skin using henna paste.
Minaret: A tall, thin tower that is part of a mosque.
Mosque: A Muslim place of worship.
Nihari: A stew of slow-cooked meat.
Pakoras: Battered and fried snack food can include onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, and more.
Punjabi village: A village in the Punjab region. The Punjab region is an area in Northeast Pakistan and Northwest India. It was once a province of Great Britain.
Rickshaws: A wheeled cart that people ride in that is pulled by a person.
Roti: A flatbread that looks similar to a tortilla.
Samosas: Filled pastries that are usually fried. The samosas in the Punjab region are spicy and mostly contain vegetable or potato fillings.
Sari: A cloth that is draped and wrapped to be worn as a dress for formal functions in Pakistan.
Zenith Irfan: The first female motorcyclist to ride across Pakistan.
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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from Amal Unbound.
Requirements: Must have 3 vocabulary terms, correct definitions or descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary BoardsCommon Core Standards
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