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Ten-year-old Wadjda’s friend Abdullah has a bicycle, which represents to her the freedom that only boys have in the gender-conscious society of Saudi Arabia. She makes and sells bracelets and runs errands to earn money to buy one, sometimes getting in trouble with her school principal. Hoping to win prize money, she enters a contest that tests knowledge about the Quran and the ability to recite the sacred text.


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Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Wadjda’s Story: Understanding Wadjda’s World (English Language Arts)
Lesson 2: The Country of Saudi Arabia (Geography, World History)
Lesson 3: Saudi Arabia Confronts Modernity (Social Studies)
Lesson 4: The Women of Saudi Arabia (Social Studies, Film Literacy)
Lesson 5: An Introduction to the Quran (World History, World Literature)
Lesson 6: Introducing Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour (Film Literacy, English Language Arts)

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