Arabic

Arabic Language Objectives

First Grade

Students will be able to:

· Recognize letter shapes by characteristics of formation.

· Recognize consonant clusters.

· Write using the correct shapes of letters.

· Write smoothly in all letter formations.

· Connect letters to make words and separate words to identify letters.

· Use proper rules for reading and writing Arabic, right to left.

· Distinguish between harakat and huroof in reading.

· Identify Arabic words by matching appropriate pictures.

· Group words with same beginning sounds.

· Distinguish between hatha and hathihe (masculine and feminine)

· Identify common animals in the environment in Arabic.

· Use the appropriate Arabic vocabulary surrounding the school environment.

· Ask questions in Arabic about school, Islam, and the Muslim community.

· Read, write, and count using Arabic letters and numbers.

· Use formal Arabic language in greeting each other.

· Comprehend short paragraphs in Arabic.

· Read selected short Qur’anic surahs and hadith in Arabic.

· Ask and answer questions, orally and written, using appropriate prepositions.

· Recognize letter shapes by characteristics of formation and placement.

Second Grade

Students will be able to:

· Recognize simple sentences.

· Form sentences using Arabic words learned in previous grade levels.

· Use question mark after an interrogative sentence.

· Emphasize writing and spelling of new vocabulary words in sentences.

· Write legibly.

· Spell words correctly at grade level or above grade level

· Complete sentences by finding the appropriate missing words.

· Enhance their use of proper rules for reading and writing Arabic, right to left.

· Group words with same beginning sounds.

· Distinguish between nouns and verbs in Arabic.

· Use the appropriate Arabic vocabulary surrounding the school and family environment.

· Enhance their ability to ask and answer questions in Arabic about school, Islam, and the Muslim community.

· Create questions containing “why, where, when, and what” and respond to questions.

· Extend their proficiency in reading, writing, and in counting Arabic numbers.

· Become familiar with feminine nouns and the two ways for writing “taa’ marboota.”

Third and Fourth Grade

Students will be able to:

· Create questions containing “why, where, when, and what” and respond to those questions, extending their ability to question and respond.

· Comprehend information in Arabic short stories and answer questions.

· Compose sentences that contain pronouns.

· Recognize common and proper nouns.

· Compose sentences with verbs and simple nouns.

· Tell times of the day.

· Refer to things as this and that in both hatha and hathihe (masculine and feminine) nouns.

· Give the correct tense of verbs given past and present.

· Give the correct tense of verbs for an order or command.

· Memorize Islamic Arabic songs and poems.

· Express themselves in original compositions using Arabic.

· Continue refining their writing skills in Arabic.

· Summarize reading selections.

· Participate in discussions in Arabic.

· Write a descriptive paragraph.

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Students will be able to:

· Extend ability to read and comprehend Qur’an and hadith in Arabic.

· Create questions containing, “why, where, when, and what” and respond those questions.

· Derive information and Islamic morals from a story.

· Compose sentences that contain the different types of pronouns.

· Give the correct tense of verbs in past and present.

· Give the correct tense of verbs for an order or command.

· Change nouns from singular to two-person.

· Convert to more than two-person forms in both masculine and feminine verbs and nouns.

· Convert singular verbs to plural and from plural to singular.

· Use the appropriate pronoun with the verb if it is plural or singular, masculine or feminine.

· Recognize the “broken plural.”

· Extend their comprehension and writing skills.

· Identify and write sentences using complete subjects and predicates.

· Summarize reading selections.

· Distinguish between formal and informal language.

· Initiate appropriate hands-on project work in Arabic.

· Understand standard Arabic media broadcasts (e.g., television, radio).

Seventh and Eighth Grade and High School

Students will be able to:

· Extend objectives from grades 5 and 6, adding more grammatical information.

· Combine short sentence types such as declarative and interrogative.

· Use language learning elements (i.e., sounds, vocabulary, syntax) effectively.

· Write sentences with subject-verb agreement.

· Identify and write verbs correctly in a sentence, including: action verbs, direct objects, main and helping verbs, linking verbs, and verbs that denote tense.

· Enhance Arabic comprehension through the use of various instructional materials and supplementary literature.

· Increase level of comprehension of Qur’an and hadith in Arabic.

· Enhance their writing skills in Arabic (longer paragraphs, essays).

· More easily express themselves in oral and written Arabic.

· Gather inferential information from reading sections.

· Comprehend spoken and written Arabic.

· Improve their sentence writing abilities through the study of grammar and usage.

· Become proficient in the usage of standard Arabic in their writing and speech.