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From One Alexandria to Another

This unit introduces students to microloans and creative, collaborative ways to address poverty issues in their own community as well as around the world. Students also learn to compare educational systems between their own and those of the rest of the world.


Previewing the Reflection:

A series of open-ended pre-reading questions designed to engage students, assess prior knowledge, and expose any pre-conceived ideas about the person or culture explored in the Reflection.  Previewing the Reflection questions are intended to be non-threatening and accessible to a range of students.  Students are encouraged to answer honestly, and to discuss their answers with their classmates.

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Reflection: From One Alexandria to Another by Salma Mohamed

A first generation American, Salma returned to her father’s homeland of Egypt when she was only 9 years old. In her Reflection, she describes modern Egyptian society, the landscape, the people and the educational system that she encountered. Throughout her Reflection, Salma shares the personal significance of her time in Egypt and the value she has come to place on discovering her family ancestry.

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Understanding the Reflection:

This resource is to be used during and after students read the Reflection.  Included in it are a series of reading comprehension questions designed to check for student understanding of the Reflection.  These question formats include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, short response, or other effective questioning strategies.  

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Learning Activity: Social Studies-Every Penny Makes a Difference

Social Studies / 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th / 3-4 class periods (150 min)

Salma’s experience in Egypt raised her awareness about economic inequality and provides us an opportunity to think about poverty in a creative way. Students will work as a team to plan a fundraiser and then invest their money in the form of a microloan through the website kiva.org.

Learning Activity: Social Studies-Going to School Around the World

Social Studies / 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th / 4-5 class periods (240 min)

Some of the most memorable impressions Salma recalls of her trip to Egypt are ones about the educational system there and the school she attended. Students will reflect on their own school days and do research to explore what school is like for students around the world and then present their findings in a variety of creative ways.

Reviewing the Reflection:

This resource is to be used after students read the Reflection.  It includes a series of post-reading questions designed to encourage student reflection and assess changes in students' perception and understanding of the cultural issues addressed in the unit through some deliberately repeated questions in the "Previewing the Experience" activity.

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Responding to the Reflection:

This resource should be used after the students read the Reflection. Students are presented with a list of questions intended to illicit a more personal response about the Reflection they have just read. After considering those questions, students compose a letter to the author of the Reflection with their thoughts, observations, questions and comments. Teachers should feel free to contact lori@oneworldeducation.org if they would like to have their students' finished letters delivered to the One World Ambassador.


Culture Cube:

This resource can be used at any point within a unit. The Culture Cube allows students to think about and organize their research of any culture into eight major traits (social groups, government, history, language, daily life, economy, religion, and art). The Culture Cube can prepare students before reading a Reflection, or before doing unit resources and learning activities. Similarly, teachers can use the Culture Cube to wrap up or assess students’ knowledge after engaging in the other unit resources and learning activities. The Culture Cube can be used in isolation of or integrated with the larger One World Curriculum. Definitions and examples of each trait of culture are given to guide students. The Culture Cube requires students to go beyond the Reflection for their research, so teachers need to make available a number of different resources from which students might gather information, including, but not limited to: textbooks, websites, encyclopedias, reference books, reports and maps.

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