Arabic Sayings
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2012

Look at the five common expressions from Arabic below. Do an Internet search for the meaning behind each of these phrases and the occasions in which you would use each of them. Post your findings on the blog.

بسم الله‎
Transliteration: Bismillah
Meaning: ________________________________________
When do you use this expression? _________________________________________________

السلام عليكم
Transliteration: As-salamu-alaykum
Meaning: ________________________________________
When do you use this expression? _________________________________________________

و عليكم السلام

Transliteration: Wa alaykum salaam
Meaning: ________________________________________
When do you use this expression? _________________________________________________

إن شاء الله

Transliteration: Inshallah
Meaning: ________________________________________
When do you use this expression? _________________________________________________

جزاك اللهُ خيراً
Transliteration: Jazakallah
Meaning: ________________________________________
When do you use this expression? _________________________________________________


Writing an email to your teacher
Deadline: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by 08:00

This week I would like all of you to write an email to my ES International School account for your blog assignment.

Some of you who are new may be asking, "Where can I find Mr. H.'s email?" If you do not remember it, click on the syllabus box in your grade's history dropbar and open up the syllabus in PDF format.

Make sure your email contains the following points:

  1. The email needs to start with "Dear Mr. Hendricks,"
  2. The first paragraph of the email must give a brief introduction of yourself, including:
    A) Your full name                     B) Your nationality 
    C) Your age and birthday      D) How long have you been a historian (or studied history in school)?
  3. The second paragraph must explain a personal goal you wish to complete this semester and how you wish to achieve it.
  4. The email should end with "Sincerely," and your first and last name.


Star and Crescent
Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2012 by 08:00

In 6th Grade we begin the semester studying the history and rise of Islam. Today, Islam is the second-largest and one of the fastest-growing religions in the world.

The early Muslim community normally used  simple solid color flags of black, green or white to identify themselves as believers of Islam. In the 1800s, the Ottoman Empire (which we will study this year!)  introduced the star and crescent to identify itself as an empire and its connections to Islam.

  • What do you think is the connection between the symbol of the star and crescent and the religion of Islam?

Write your thoughts on this blog in the comment box below.

Look at the flags with stars and crescents on the slideshow. These are countries today which also have historical ties to Islam. 

  • Can you name the six countries to the flags below? Write the countries in the blog comment box.

Thank you!

 Mr. Hendricks


    The rules are simple:

    1. Check this blog every Monday. Blog writing is part of your homework grade.

    2. Write a comment of 2-3 sentences or more on the weekly blog post or on another student's response.

    3. Use correct capitalization and punctuation when writing.

    4. Go back and read your comment again OUT LOUD. (This can be to your computer screen or to your dog, if you have one). Edit your mistakes.

    5. Make sure your commentary is clean and respectful.


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