Teacher Guides

“Teachers appreciate the opportunity to use stories from our own country together with modern, well-researched teaching strategies. In this way Afghan children not only learn the literacy skills they need but also become familiar with these classic stories, think about them and learn from them. Teachers found the guides easy to use and particularly appreciated the evaluation charts provided in each, allowing them an easy way to evaluate their children’s progress.” — Palwasha Salam, Director of Education, KOR-Hoopoe, Afghanistan

We provide self-explanatory, step-by-step Teacher Guides for each title, with lesson plans clearly laid out for six days, but flexible enough to allow for different class times. While culturally sensitive, these lesson plans enable teachers to use the latest skills and strategies for literacy and high-level thinking skills, including critical and analogical thought, and social-emotional development.

The activities in each guide include:

READING THE AFGHAN TRADITIONAL TEACHING-STORY

Read-aloud reading activities designed to enhance:

  • Oral language through questions and discussion
  • Higher-level thinking skills, including the ability to generate analogies
  • Story comprehension through repetition
  • Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
  • Social-emotional development

RESPONDING TO THE STORY

  • Reading, writing, listening, speaking
  • Activities designed around these strategies and skills
  • Personal response, including discussion
  • Drawing and retelling
  • Building reading and writing skills
  • Developing reading vocabulary
  • Identifying word patterns
  • Thinking skills, including the ability to generate analogies

ASSESSMENT CHARTS

  • To determine and evaluate individual student and classroom progress

BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

  • Children sharing Hoopoe stories with their family and community
  • Children collecting stories from their family and community