The video clips and the lessons that accompany them aim to help you better understand the universality of the immigrant experience. By listening to the Yemeni American youths, you can see how similar their lives are in comparison to other young people who immigrated to the U.S. and to those whose parents are immigrants. You will learn about the history and culture of people from the Yemen Arab Republic and about their lives and times in the United States. This includes an appreciation of their religion and family values. 

As you watch and listen to the Yemeni youths, notice how similar they are to you. Listen to their description of what they do for entertainment, what their goals are in life, and how they feel about their families. You will also be able to compare or contrast their experiences to your own. Their favorite foods, the language they speak at home, and their religion may be very different from yours. 

Each set of lessons has three parts.

- Reflective discussion questions: These may help you think back on what was learned from the video clips and what your reactions were to what you saw. This can serve as the basis for classroom discussion.

- Comparative questions and activities: These encourage you to think about the ways in which the Yemeni American youths are at once different and similar to you. 

- Methodology: These questions are aimed at getting you to analyze how the interviewer was able to get the kinds of responses seen in the clips. This can help you create your own oral history projects.

Oral History
The videos are an example of a type of research known as Oral History. In many ways this is the best method to learn about people or a period in history. Through interviews you can hear from the people themselves about what they did, how they felt, and how others around them acted during a specific time and at a particular place. Be sure to read the section on how to conduct an oral history.

The following terms will help you better understand what is being said in the videos.
1. Yemenis: people from the Yemen Arab Republic, a country located in the Arabian Peninsula.
2. Arab: a person who speaks the Arabic language and/or identifies with Arab culture.
3. Islam: a religion that originated in Arabia in the seventh century and follows the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad based on the word of God (Allah). 
4. Muslim: a believer in Islam.
5. Mosque: a place of worship for Muslims.
5. Salat: Muslims’ daily prayers.
6. Quran: the holy text of the Islamic religion, said to be given to the Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel.
7. Ramadan: the Muslim holy month during which time believers are required to fast from dawn to dusk. 






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