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1. Title Title of document Writing Rubrics - Uprising in Tahrir Square
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Abdelkader Berrahmoun; Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California ; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Arabic language
4. Subject Keyword(s) Arabic politics; Arabic language learning; Tahrir Square; Cairo; Arab spring; Hosni Mubarak; Egypt revolution; Egyptian politics
5. Subject Subject classification Arabic language and politics
6. Description Abstract Uprising in Tahrir Square is designed as an engaging contemporary resource for advanced Arabic learners. It immerses language students in the monumental events that unfolded in Cairo, Egypt during the mass youth uprisings of January 2011. Before toppling President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in February 2011, the Egyptian youth movement had captivated the world and transmitted its message of anger, hope, and change to a global audience. The world watched as more than a million protestors gathered to press for reform, democracy and regime change.

Uprising in Tahrir Square places students of Arabic at the epicenter of these real-life events through a simulated journal project and writing exchange. Students become authors in their own right as they invent personas and speak through the voices of diverse characters who all reside in the vicinity of Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Writing in first-person narrative, students’ journal entries bear witness to the early days of the nascent uprising, through its surprisingly rapid conclusion with Mubarak’s resignation, and the uncertainty of what Egypt’s future may bring. Not only do the invented characters grapple with the uprising’s tragedies and triumphs through their own perspectives, but they also interact with a cast of invented neighbors, using contemporary technology tools, creative drama activities and other approaches. The book’s units trace the actual sequence of the Cairo uprising and intersperse fictional scenarios – providing both historical background and interpretive content.

The structure of Uprising in Tahrir Square supports learning on multiple levels. Students deepen their understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts for Egyptian youth’s historic uprisings, while developing essential Arabic skills. The book’s activities and array of resources are carefully designed to promote listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking and interpretation, research, peer collaboration, creative writing, and oral language fluency. Students apply essential skills by using the Arabic language in a vital, authentic context. Uprising in Tahrir Square is designed as a springboard for further discussion and study of this compelling time in history.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 30-Nov-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39852
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Uprising in Tahrir Square
16. Language English=en Arabic
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd