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Introduction

Unit overview, learning objectives and content standards

Lesson 1: When Allah speaks

This lesson begins by exploring the barriers to establishing the Qur’an as a literary miracle. After this exploration, students will learn about the nature of miracles in Islam as a prelude to understanding and appreciating the Qur’an as a literary, inimitable miracle.

Lesson instructions
1.1 Teacher reference: Historical introspection
1.2 Worksheet: Mediums of communication
1.3 Worksheet: Qur’an: the living literary miracle
1.4 Homework
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Lesson 2: The irreplicable masterpiece

Students will explore how the Qur’an is and will continue to be a living, literary miracle until the end of time. This lesson explores this claim on three bases: the historical circumstances of its revelation, its internal structure, and its substantive material.

Lesson instructions
2.1 Worksheet: Two claims, one truth
2.2 Worksheet: Step inside
2.3 Teacher reference: Step inside
2.4 Worksheet: Logical or emotive?
2.5 Worksheet: Ring composition
2.6 Teacher reference: Gallery walk
2.7 Homework: The Qur’anic miracle
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Lesson 3: Promised preservation

After gaining an understanding of the Qur’an’s miraculous nature in the first two lessons, students will next explore how the Qur’an is historically verifiable through mutawaatir reports. Students will walk away with strengthened conviction in the Qur’an’s historical authenticity.

Lesson instructions
3.1 Worksheet: “Wait, is that true?”
3.2 Worksheet: Graphic organizer
3.3 Worksheet: Infographic
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