By Marita Vandenberg
School Journal August 2013, Level 2
WALT:Discuss the text information
Success Criteria: I can discuss the text information
Answer the following questions in red:
Prepare for reading by finding out what the students already know about worship
and religious practice, and specifically about Muslims and/or the Islamic religion.
ask questions to elicit the students’ connections with the text.
Referring to the image and title of the text, what do you think this article is about?
It is about a boy by the name of Obay. he explains what ramadan is and why they do it.
Why is Obay's mother shaking him in the morning?
Because it’s 6 a.m. and it’s time for Fajr. Fajr is the morning prayer and Obay get up and pray and meet with his brothers.
What is Fajr?
Fajr is the morning prayer, it is one of the five prayers of the day.
Where have Obay’s family come from? What is their reasoning for moving?
They have come from Saudi Arabia. Obay’s parents came to study at university.
Where is the article set?
What do you know about Muslim people or the Islamic religion?
They pray five times a day and they eat a special kind of food which is called halal meat
What do you want to know (or think you will learn) from this article?
I will learn that you should be proud of who you are and where you come from because that doesn't change you
What do you know about the different ways people pray?
Muslims pray on a mate and it takes longer, and christians pray by putting there hands together and then say amen after they're finished.
If you are not Muslim, do Obay’s actions remind you of anything? What would be
similar in your life? What would be different?
It reminds me of my cousins in pakistan and they always get money from their father.
The boys are living in New Zealand, why might the boys “fall behind with their Arabic”?
because now that they're in new zealand, they’ll always be speaking english so they need a way to remember their language.
Why might it be hard for the brothers to learn English?
because they're new to New Zealand and it’s hard to learn a new language.
Have you ever memorised something? What was it, and how did you memorise it?
yes, it was in the Qu’ran and I memorised it by reading it over and over again to memorise it.
What questions do you have about this part of the article?
what is the purpose for memorising it. will it help you in the future.
If Miss Clark went to live in Saudi Arabia, she would find it very challenging to learn Arabic. She would feel very shy if she wasn’t sure what people were saying and get
lost if by not being able to read street signs.
She wouldn’t make herself useful at all, she would have to learn the language in the country to know what people were saying.
Have you had experience of moving to a place with a different language? If not,
what do you imagine it would be like? How does imaging (visualising) help you
understand how Obay and his family might feel?
I have experienced it, it was in pakistan, I didn’t feel any worse because my uncle knew english but even though. I still heard a lot of pasto and magically, just in two weeks I learnt pasto.
How long does Ramadan last? How did you work that out?
Ramadan last’s for a whole month. I got that from the text in the book.
How can you find out about the Islamic calendar?
by searching it up on the internet or by buying from a islamic store.
How does Ramadan compare with other special times you know?
easter, christmas, new year, april fools.
Why do you think Muslim’s show thanks by giving to poor people?
because they care for them and they want to help them.
Why would rice and dates be given? What do you know about the foods eaten in
it is halal and mostly meat. The rice taste nice but the water is dirty.
What foods could be used in New Zealand?
rice and meat. dates. mostly every product in arab countries.