Design a Calligraphic Plate
Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.
Objective: Students compare and contrast the different ways in which people commemorate the passing of a year by interviewing their families, creating a tablescape, and sharing their traditions with their classmates.
Duration: 45 minutes preparation; independent research; 120 minutes student presentations
Standards (California Department of Education):
English/Language Arts: 4.9. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures; History/Social Science: 1.) Recognize the ways in which they [students] are all part of the same community, sharing principles, goals, and traditions despite their varied ancestry; the forms of diversity in their school and community; and the benefits and challenges of a diverse population; 2.) Compare the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and social practices of the varied cultures, drawing from folklore.
Artwork (see “Related Resources” below): Plate made for Mas’ud Mirza Zill al-Sultan of Persia; Worksheet (see “Downloads” above): New Years Investigations Graphic Organizer
New Years Investigations
Compare how different people celebrate the passing of a year. Interview your family to find out the origins of your own New Year’s traditions. Use the back to sketch ideas for your tablescape.
Major support provided by the PARSA Community Foundation.