This is a lesson based on a movie by Muslim American filmmaker Lena Khan. She took a song by Muslim-American singer and songwriter Kareem Salama and made a sort of unofficial music video by asking Muslims what messages they wanted to send to the US about Islam.
The movie features actors holding up a selection of those messages and acting them out. The general message is that Muslims in America are human beings, just like everyone with the same likes and dislikes and sorrows and joys. It’s a really funny and touching short film that should generate a lot of discussion as well as providing comprehension activities in listening and watching movies. And it's a rather timely topic.
This lesson can be handled by just presenting the film and asking their opinions on it. However, I have also put together some materials to help with a more structured watching, including:
* A Warm up discussion
* 3 different activities students can do WHILE watching the film.
* A listening activity for the song that accompanies the film.
* An extension project idea.
I hope you and your students enjoy this lesson plan. You might also enjoy my Culture Shock Discussion Lesson Plan
where students compare habits in their different countries and cultures.