This resource offers discussion questions, short activities, and an essay assignment for Keeping it Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys by John O’Brien (2019). I have organized the questions and activities by chapter for ease of use, but instructors could easily modify questions to reflect the content of multiple...
- Subject Area(s):
- Cultural Sociology, Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems, Religion
- Resource Type(s):
- Assignment, Class Activity, Essay
- Class Level(s):
- College 100, College 200
- Class Size(s):
The discussion questions that I include below can be used in multiple ways. In my Introduction to Sociology course, I use them during structured “book club” meetings, which occur at four points in the semester. To prepare for these more in-depth discussions, I assign students to groups of four, and each week, every student has a pre-assigned role with...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- To think critically about O’Brien’s analysis of the Muslim American teenage experience
- To analyze how different groups in the U.S. manage their culturally contested lives using key sociological concepts
- Students will summarize, critique, and extend O’Brien’s findings through small group discussions and collaborative work on application activities
- Students will write an analytical paper that builds on O’Brien’s argument using new examples and/or relevant class concepts