Islamic Studies Expectations:

Islamic Studies Objectives:

  1. To develop and cultivate a strong love and consciousness of Allah and His Messenger, Muhammad (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam)
  2. Become knowledgeable about the commands and prohibitions and practices of the religion.
  3. To invite other towards Islam and articulate the great benefits of the religion.
  4. To cultivate good manners and character.
  5. Develop a sound Islamic identity and sense of dignity.

IS Homework Assignments

Students will be given homework at least twice a week (normally, Tuesdays and Thursdays). These days may not be applicable while preparing for special projects. Homework assignment constitutes 10% of the quarterly grade. If homework is not completed at home students are required to complete the assignment at lunchtime. Homework assignments will be posted on my website weekly.

IS Test and Special Projects

Islamic Studies’ quarterly grade will be divided into five areas: Test and Special projects, FMR drills, Classwork, Homework and Quizzes. Test and quizzes will be scheduled on Wednesday, this gives students time to review in class Monday and Tuesday and the teacher time to grade and go over results on Thursday and Friday.

The percentage weight for each area:

  • Test and Special Projects: 35%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Classwork: 25%
  • Homework: 10%
  • Binder Organization 10%

Islamic Studies 2018 – 2019 Course

Islamic Studies (2017 – 2018) consists of a number of different components and activity. Below is a list and short description of the different learning activities we will be conducting this year.

FMR (Five Minute Review) 

FMR is a daily drill that we will conduct during the first five minutes of the class. Many of the daily supplications that a Muslim should recite throughout the day, starting from waking up in the morning until going to bed at night will be covered during FMR. In this portion of our IS course students will be required to read, memorize and recite the assigned supplications accurately and understand their basic meaning.

IS Vocabulary

IS Vocab is a weekly review of Islamic words and terms that we will study throughout the year. Most of the words and terms will be extracted from the Islamic Studies textbook (International Curricula). IS vocab will help students understand the concepts and principles taught in each textbook unit and lesson. Students will be required to write, read and give a basic definition of all vocabulary words assigned.

Islamic Studies Textbook (International Curricula)

Al-Iman School will use the Islamic Studies textbook entitled “Islamic Studies” by International Curricula, which was designed by a team of scholars and researchers based in Saudi Arabia. The textbooks consists of two parts, textbook one and textbook two, activity book one and two, and a teachers guide manual. Each textbook consists of fourteen units. Each unit has three lessons, along with word banks, student exercises and instructional activities.  We are very excited about this curriculum and believe that it will have a positive impact on student understanding and outcomes.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning is one of the instructional strategies that we will be performing in Islamic studies this year. CL allows students to work together and share information with one another. We believe that CL helps develop social skills and student cooperation. CL will be conducted in two types: (1) Pair Check cooperative Learning, is wherein two students are assigned work and they examine and provide feedback to each other.                                                                                                                                        (2) Small Group Cooperation (SGC) is where three students or more are given a task of researching, writing and presenting information. Class peers will help research and coach each other.

Service Learning

Islamic Studies will conduct a number of community outreach projects for students, teachers and parents. We will organize visits to the American Red Cross, Senior Citizens Home and Hospital. InshaAllah, students will develop a deep concern for others and understand the importance of helping humanity as a whole.

Muslim Heritage Project

This project will allow our students to become familiar with the many contributions that Muslims have made towards modern society and technology. 1001 Muslim Inventions is an aggressive effort to integrate Islamic Studies with science and social studies. This special project will help our students develop a holistic perspective about Islam and how it is incorporated into our daily life and behavior.

Tarbiyyah Debates

TarbiyyahDebates are a series of debates that Al-Iman School students will participate in to help them develop a more rounded understanding of current events. The debates are designed to help students conduct sound research and present fact on a given issue. It also helps students learn how to differ with others without getting upset and developing animosity towards others. We believe that debating has many benefits and is a great way to learn.  InshaAllah, we pray that this year will be very fruitful and beneficial for all of us. If there are any questions concerning our Islamic Studies course please contact me at musa.muhammad@alimancrescent.org or call 803 210-7534.

Reflection:

I implemented two primary strategies to assess student performance and help them improve their academic performance.

1) I implemented low-stake writing assignments in the classroom which helped many student get their thought on paper it also allowed me to assess the level of comprehension and understanding that student receive from each lesson. When students write out what they understand it displays a clear indication of what they absorbed from the instructions. I applied a strategy known as Writing Across the Curriculum WAC. The system helped me develop a deeper understanding of low-stake and high stake writing.

2) I have found that a great pre-assessment is to give vocabulary words that relate to the lesson before actually engaging in the lesson. This method develops a good foundation that will help students comprehend assignments better. InshaAllah, next I plan to give each student a comprehensive list of vocabulary words that will connect with the lessons throughout the year.

 

WHAT STRATEGIES WILL BE USED NEXT YEAR FOR IMPROVEMENT.

There are a number of major elements that I will strive to implement into Islamic Studies curriculum next year: (1) I will design lesson plans that focus on multiple approach strategies to meet the different learning styles of my students. Student centered learning starts with teaching students how to think, ask critical questions and analysis.

(2) I will orientate my lessons to reflect and relate the 24 character strengths outlined in the VIA survey. How to model it, identify it in lessons and examples, and experience it in ones behavior and interpersonal skills.

(3) Muslim Heritage will be used not only to identify the many Muslim contributions that Muslims have made towards our modern society but also how Islamic teachings have played the foundation in integrating science, math, and social studies into a unique perspective in progressive life and practice.

(4) I also intend to develop and Islamic perspective on many of the current issues that

our students are faced with such as being responsible with social media, understanding homosexuality, dating and drugs.