por Maha Addasi
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Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “Queen Esther and Me” with “The White Nights of Ramadan” and ask students to discuss the two holidays described in the texts. How does the family in “Queen Esther and Me” celebrate Purim? How does Noor and her family celebrate Girgian? How do both holidays encourage people to be generous?
Too Many Vegetables
- Karen DelleCava
In Karen DelleCava’s short story “Too Many Vegetables” Patrick and his dad give the extra zucchinis from their garden to their neighbors.Pair “Too Many Vegetables” with “The White Nights of Ramadan” and ask students to discuss the idea of community in each story. How do the communities come together in each text? What is the cause for people coming together in the community in each text? How does it affect the young characters in each story?
Pasha’s First Yom Kippur
- Carol Coven Grannick
In Carol Coven Grannick’s short story “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur,” a boy struggles to apologize to someone before he starts celebrating Yom Kippur.Pair “Pasha’s First Yom Kippur” with “The White Nights of Ramadan” and ask students to discuss the practices of each holiday. How do the practices of Yom Kippur compare to Girgian? How are the characters encouraged to be kind towards others in each story?
All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings' Day
- Natacha Sanz-Caballero
In the informational text “All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings’ Day,” Natacha Sanz-Caballero discusses the celebration in Spain that commemorates a biblical story.Pair “The White Nights of Ramadan” with “All of Spain Celebrates Three Kings’ Day” and ask students to discuss how the two holidays are celebrated. How does the celebration for Ramadan compare to Three Kings’ Day? What is the true meaning of Ramadan? What do students think is the true meaning of Three Kings’ Day?