A1 MSA

Unit Profile
Student Level 
College / University
Target Language 
Arabic
Teaching Context 
Heritage
Target Proficiency Level 
Novice
Unit Themes 
Greetings and introductions,
Personal background and needs,
Family and friends,
Home and neighborhood,
Holidays and celebrations,
Seasons and weather,
Time and calendar,
Leisure and pastimes,
Travel,
Work,
Food,
Shopping,
Clothing,
Parts of the body and health,
Other
Performance Descriptors 
  • Basic factual conversation in highly familiar contexts
  • Answer simple, direct questions
  • Introduce oneself and exchange greetings
  • List, enumerate, identify
  • Use short, memorized phrases
  • Use formulaic expressions
  • Understand basic notices
  • Complete basic forms
Essential Question 
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Unit Objectives and Standards
Objective 1 (Interpretive) 
Learners will be able to understand the main idea of common predictable oral texts.
Objective 2 (Interpretive) 
Learners will be able to understand the main idea of common predictable written texts.
Objective 3 (Presentational) 
Learners will be able to communicate information on very familiar topics using a variety of practiced and memorized words, phrases, and sentences
Objective 4 (Interpersonal) 
Learners will be able to expresses self in conversations on very familiar topics using a variety of practiced and memorized words, phrases, simple sentences, and questions.
Objective 5 
Leaners will demonstrate understanding of difference between formal and informal register and accordingly either switch code or use appropriate hybrid of both
World-Readiness Standards
Communication 
1.1 Interpersonal: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
1.2 Interpretive: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
1.3 Presentational: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.
Cultures 
2.1 Practices: Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
2.2 Products: Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
Communities 
5.1 School and beyond: Learners use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world.
California Standards
Novice Range
Communication 
WL.CM1.N (Interpretive) Demonstrate understanding of the general meaning of very familiar topics by recognizing memorized words and simple sentences in authentic texts.,
WL.CM2.N (Interpersonal) Participate in real-world conversations on very familiar topics, using memorized words, simple sentences, and questions in common daily settings.,
WL.CM3.N (Presentational) Present information in culturally-appropriate ways on very familiar topics using memorized words and simple sentences using suitable media and technologies.,
WL.CM5.N (Receptive) Demonstrate understanding of words, phrases (signs and fingerspelling in ASL), using orthography, phonology, ASL parameters and very basic sentence-level elements.,
WL.CM6.N (Productive) Communicate about daily topics using words and phrases (signs and fingerspelling in ASL), orthography, phonology or ASL parameters and very basic morphology and/or syntax.,
WL.CM7.N (Comparisons) Identify similarities and differences in the orthography, phonology, ASL parameters and very basic sentence-level elements (morphology and/or syntax).
Common Core Standards
Reading: Key Ideas and Details 
R1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
R2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize key supporting details and ideas.
Reading: Craft and Structure 
R4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Reading: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 
R7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Performance Assessment (Final Project/Assessment)
Performance Task 1 - Interpretive 

Annotate a recorded video with appropriate titles for different scenes.

Performance Task 2 - Presentational 

Give an oral presentation (to be updated)

Performance Task 3 - Interpersonal 

Roleplay an oral interview.

Final Project Instructions 

Collaborate with a small group on producing a Google Site on a selected theme.

Functions, Structures, Vocabulary and Culture
Functions 

1- Ask and respond to formulaic questions to exchange information
2- Initiate, maintain and end a conversation
3- Respond to simple written notes
4- Narrate simple everyday experiences
5- Describe people and places
6- Respond to simple instructions
7- Make inferences of unfamiliar words based on clues from the context.

Structures 

1-Use question words.
2- Use nominal sentences to produce meaningful statements.
3- Conjugate verbs in the past present and future tense.
4-Noun adjective agreement.
5- Idafa noun phrases
6- Negate nominal sentences.
7- Negate verbs in different tenses

Vocabulary 

1- Personal Information
2- Family members and relations
3- Workplace items
4- neighborhood and places
5- Travel, cities, and transportation
6- Food and drink
7-Numbers, prices, calendar, and time
8- Adjectives of color, size, and quality
9- Feelings
10- Physical description of people and places

Culture 

1- Influential people in Egypt
2- Government system and administrative bodies in Egypt
3- Characteristics of Egyptian governorates

Rubrics
Task 1 - Interpretive
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Task 2 - Presentational
Learners will be able to communicate information on very familiar topics using a variety of practiced and memorized words, phrases, and sentences

Clarity: Questions and answers were clear and comprehensible.

Pronunciation: Student's pronunciation good enough to understand what every word said was. "Accent" noticeable, but not enough to take away from understanding.

Fluency: Students were able to communicate clearly with no difficulty. Student asked and answered questions with almost no hesitation, and no trace of unusually long pauses or hesitation.

Comprehension: The student fully understood the questions asked and answered correctly.

Leaners will demonstrate understanding of difference between formal and informal register and accordingly either switch code or use appropriate hybrid of both

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Task 3 - Interpersonal
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Rubric Attachments 
Other/Additional Rubrics 

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