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Ancient Near East Culture and Language

Project Type: 
School Project
Award Project Round: 
Deadline Date: 
Monday, November 9, 2009

Mentor teacher Robert Wiley at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL and TCLP Arabic teacher Abdel Magid Hussein collaborated on a project to enhance 58 Arabic I students' knowledge of Ancient Near East culture and language using resources at the Oriental Institute Museum in Hyde Park, Chicago. In order to initiate interest and basic Arabic knowledge among those not currently enrolled in Arabic, 20 Reading/Writing students were invited on the trip and paired with Arabic students during an Arabic scavenger hunt. Following this field trip, students designed presentations on specific topics to be presented at the Lincoln Park Middle March International Day, open to the school and community. As a final element to the project, students were again paired with non-Arabic language students to create an Arabic-themed mural in the school hallways and incorporated Arabic text explaining the history and significance of these murals.