Under my Hijab (with Teacher's guide)
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Hena Khan
Book, Lesson plan
Teacher's Guide

Khan, H. (2019). Under My Hijab. Lee & Low Books.  https://henakhan.com/books/under-my-hijab/

Picture book. “Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab. Written in sprightly rhyme and illustrated by a talented newcomer, Under My Hijab honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, their love for each other, and their pride in their culture and faith.”


Teacher’s Guide: Under My Hijab. Lee and Low Books, n.d. https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/720/UnderMyHijab_TeachersGuide.pdf.

This teacher guide supplements Hena Khan’s book, Under My Hijab. The guide features a synopsis of the book, background information about the hijab, Muslim demographics, how to educate people about the hijab and being Muslim American, and racism and prejudice against Muslims and Muslim Americans. In addition, before reading, reading activities, and interdisciplinary activities are suggested. A vocabulary list is also included.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.


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