Divide the class into small groups and explain that you have a selection of

Divide the class into small groups and explain that

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Divide the class into small groups, and explain that you have a selection of letters from children living in Arab countries today, telling us about their daily lives. They describe what happens during and after school, the festivals that they celebrate, and their favourite foods. Give each group copies of some of the letters from Information and activity sheets 10 . Use your judgement to select which will be most appropriate for your children’s reading levels. Ask your pupils to read the letters as a group, and discuss and record their responses to the following questions: What are the names of the children who wrote the letters and what countries do they come from? Can you find where they live on a world map? What do they particularly enjoy doing? What similarities and differences can you see in their lives and yours? What is the most interesting or surprising piece of information you read in the letters? If you could ask one of the letter-writers a question, what would it be? Invite your pupils to draft a reply to one of the letters or make a short presentation or film about a typical day in their own lives. © Mat Wright
Arabic language and Arab culture Music Lesson plan 04 Curriculum links: English, Music Global skills and outlooks: Collaborating, creative thinking, being open to new ideas Learning objectives: To find out about Arab music traditions and learn and perform a song in Arabic Resources: Activity sheets, internet access
27 Arabic language and Arab culture Background information Traditional and classical music is an important feature of Arab culture and has been an important influence on Western music as we know it today. Musicians can be seen playing instruments in artwork from over 800 years ago and roving musicians helped spread their music to Europe. Arab musical instruments can be broadly classified into three categories: string instruments, wind instruments and percussion. Many modern western instruments have their roots in these traditional instruments. The qitara was an early version of the guitar and the Rababah, an early violin. Other popular instruments included the qanun, which resembles a table zither, and a lute, which was plucked with a vulture’s feather. Today Arab pop music is also popular among young people and with the audiences of successful television shows such as Arabs Got Talent! Ask your pupils to carry out some independent research into Arabic music and instruments and share with them one of the Arabic songs from the World Song Book in the British Council World Voice programme at - voice/world-songbook Each song has easy to follow audio files, films, a pronunciation video, music and song sheets.

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