This semester of the Arab culture class at Northeast High School has wrapped up in a cumulative project. Over the course of the semester, students had the chance to explore many different aspects of Arab culture; from art and music to language and history. As a final task, students planned a future trip to the Arab world. The emphasis, though, was for students to plan out concrete logistics for a realistic trip that they might take in the future. "I had no idea I could actually go there," one student said. They were told about the many different avenues open to young people who seek to travel. They could choose between college study abroad programs, English-teaching fellowships, or a more customary vacation. Whichever they chose, though, they were graded on the thoroughness of their vision for travel in the Arab world.
|One student describes his plan to attend Princeton to take|
advantage of their study abroad program.
The project also called on students to connect some aspect of their chosen country with what they had learned in class. This included connections with issues and events we had discussed throughout the semester: from the adventures of the 14th century traveler Ibn Battuta and the recent upheavals of the Arab Spring, to the unique life of journalist Anthony Shadid.
|Another student connects her planned travels to|
Lebanon with Anthony Shadid, his ancestral village
of Marjayoun, and the home he rebuilt there.
The semester at NEHS will conclude next Friday with a final performance and demonstration of art, poetry, and percussion, as well as a potluck with many cuisines from the students' diverse ethnic backgrounds.