[Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

Mohammed's family is moving into their new house, owned by Michaelis. It is nearing Ramadan and at mealtime the family is discussing whether Mohammed can participate this year.


The Australian curriculum: English

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The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

English activities [2]

Activity 1: Ramadan
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Subtheme(s): Beliefs; Celebrations; Multiculturalism
  • As a class, discuss the meaning of 'Ramadan' and consider what the audience finds out about it from the clip. Complete a Think, Pair, Share activity to gain an idea of students' prior knowledge. This activity involves giving the students a minute to think of their own answer, then pair with another student to discuss their ideas, then share those ideas with the rest of the class. Following this, identify further questions that students have and organise these into a list to guide research into the topic.
  • Ask students to find out more about beliefs and customs relating to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Invite a guest speaker to visit the class and give a talk on being Muslim in Australia, with particular attention to the traditions of Ramadan and how children participate in them.
  • As a class, compare the fasting tradition of Ramadan with similar traditions in other religions. For example, some Christians renounce certain foods during the Lenten period.

  • Find some stories or prayers from Ramadan celebrations and read these to the class. Many of the stories illustrate values and ethics that guide Muslims on how to live their lives. Ask students to think about a day in the life of Mohammed (the boy in the clip) as he participates in Ramadan, then write a diary entry from Mohammed about his day.


Activity 2: What's in name?
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Subtheme(s): Language and scripting; Multiculturalism
  • Mohammed has been named after the Prophet Mohammed. The name means 'praiseworthy' and is derived from the Arabic meaning 'to praise'. The Prophet Mohammed founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. Since his time, 'Mohammed' has been a very popular name in the Muslim world. The name was borne by six sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Ask the class to list the names of other characters in this episode and find out their meanings. Ask students to consider whether the names of these characters reflect their personality and background story.

  • Ask students to find the meanings of the names of their own family members.


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