InshaAllah, I hope you are well and are having a pleasant summer thus far!

 During the summer, we want to make sure our students are retaining as much of the knowledge they have gained throughout the year; additionally, we want to be sure our students reinforce and review knowledge that was taught throughout the year, inshaAllah.

 Below, I have attached a few titles of student practice workbooks that will further enhance your child’s editing/proofreading, writing, and vocabulary knowledge. I have used these books myself, and often refer to many of the lessons to reinforce language skills.

 These titles can be ordered online (for example, Amazon) or at bookstores, such as Barnes&Noble. 



6th Grade

·      Great Source—Write Source: SkillsBook Editing and Proofreading Practice Grade 6

·      Great Source—Vocabulary for Achievement:

Student Edition Grade 6 by Margaret Ann Richeck


7th Grade

·      Great Source—Write Source: SkillsBook Editing and Proofreading Practice Grade 7

·      Great Source—Vocabulary for Achievement:

Student Edition Grade 7 by Margaret Ann Richeck


8th Grade

·      Great Source—Write Source: SkillsBook Editing and Proofreading Practice Grade 8

·      Great Source—Vocabulary for Achievement:

Student Edition Grade 8 by Margaret Ann Richeck



I wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer, and an early Ramadan Kareem! 

 JazakAllah and Walyakumassalaam,


-Ms. Sanna Khan

Top 10 Debaters Per Grade


Dream Team Debaters are highlighted in Yellow
Final Dream Team Debate on June 4th

6th Grade

Omar Siddiqui -- Score: 64/64     *Co-CAPTAIN
Lejla Murati -- Score: 64/64
Fatimah Quadri -- Score: 63.5/64  *CAPTAIN
Haroon Salahuddin -- Score: 63.3/64
Faisal Shethwala -- Score: 62.67/64
Ashar Hashmi -- Score: 62.3/64
Safoora Salman -- Score: 62.3/64
Adel Choubkha -- Score: 62.3
Yazmene Zabadneh -- Score: 62/64
Haaniya Ghiasuddin -- 61.3/64

7th Grade
Omar Abdeljabar -- Score: 64/64
Eiman Navaid -- Score : 63.3/ 64     *CAPTAIN
Hanna Choubkha -- Score: 62.6/64
Rama Alyousef -- Score: 62/64
Adnan Khan -- Score: 62/64     *Co-CAPTAIN
Sara Ismael -- Score : 62/64
Hafsah Sabir -- Score: 61.7/64
Amin Wahdan -- Score: 61/64
Aayaan Shaikh -- Score: 61/64
Ameera Abdeljabar  -- Score: 60.3

8th Grade
Havva Alver -- Score: 64/64
Zoha Ali -- Score: 64/64
Merjem Murati -- Score: 63.36/64
Sanah Ahmed -- Score: 63.2/64      *Co-CAPTAIN
Iman Khan -- Score: 62/64      *CAPTAIN
Areba Hashmi -- Score: 61.3/64
Omar Darawsha -- Score: 60.16/64
Amina Akhtar -- Score: 60.5/64
Mohammed AbdulSamad -- Score: 60/64
AbdelRahman Alyousef -- Score: 58.6/64
Maaz Shaikh -- Score: 58.6/64

English Debates Schedule


Below is the calendar for English until the end of the year.  
Please observe the dates for the Semi-Finals, Final Persuasive Essay due date, and Debate Folder Final due date.








May 13th




May 14th


May 18th

Work in debate groups in class whole week
(18th 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd)



May 19th

May 20th

May 21st

May 22nd

May  25th







May 26th



May 27th






 May 28th 

May 29th

June 1st




June 2nd

June 3rd




June 4th




June 5th


June 8th


 Final Persuasive Essay for 6th and 7th Grade DUE TODAY

DEBATE FOLDERS (Group Contents) for ALL GRADE due TODAY 

June 9th


June 10th

June 11th





1) With current events relating to police brutality--specifically the events that have led to the Baltimore riots-- should the police officers involved in the case be indicted for murder on the account of racial profiling?

2) While Hollywood war films are created with the intent to encourage patriotism---for instance, 2015's American Sniper----do Hollywood war films instead perpetuate racism?  (DISCLAIMER: You are NOT to watch any of these war films--it is not necessary to watch any type of war film in order to understand the question.  Additionally, you are unable to watch any of these movies due to their rating--Parents, please be aware of this. JazakAllah.)

3) Are standardized exams accurate to assess academic success?


Judging Criteria


Time Allotted



1 min. 30 sec.

Individual introduces their group’s position, provides a solid context of understanding, summarizes major points of the topic, and is able to capture the attention of those listening.



1 min.

When ethos is used, the audience observes how qualified or how much of an expert an individual is on a certain topic. 




1 min.

When logos is used, the speaker uses logic to persuade an individual or their audience.




1 min.

When pathos is used, the speaker appeals to the audience’s emotions.  Emotions such as sympathy/empathy, anger, and fear may be used in order to solidify an argument.




1 min.

When a moral argument is used, the speaker appeals to the audiences sense of morality or religion practiced (in this case, Islam) in order to persuade.



1 min. 30 sec.

Individual concludes their group’s position, provides a solid context of understanding, summarizes major points of the topic, and is able to capture the attention of those listening.



*After each argument--Ethos, Logos, Pathos, Moral--individual speakers are given two 30 second rebuttals.

*Rebuttals are where each individual has the opportunity to either…

-complete an argument they were unable to complete in the 1 minute allotted

- Or, ideally, individuals are to use this opportunity to question and challenge their opponent regarding arguments raised in their initial argument.

DEBATE GROUPS 6th-8th Grade 
Captains      Co-Captains

6th Grade Groups

Group 1
Hajirah Khan
Danish Kadri
Fatima Quadri
Haroon Salahuddin
Omar Siddiqui
Massine Habibedine

Group 2
Hafsa Ahmed
Haaniya Ghiasuddin
Saman Sindhu
Ahmed Sepanik
Mudassir Hussain
Fatima Ahmed

Group 3
Zahrah Ahmed
Hamza Ibrahim
Saad Mateen
Mya Nasser
AbdurRahman Ibrahim
Ashar Hashmi

Group 4
Lejla Murati
Fahad Mohiuddin
Sumiayya Siddiqui
Abira Mahmood
Ashira Johara
Farhan Ahmed

Group 5
Madeeha Hassan 
Mina Jabara
Hamza Khan
Amtul Siddiqui
Ibrahim Salih

Group 6
Yazmene Zabadeneh
Aadil Patel
Hajera Siddiqui
Mehreen Shah Khan
Fatima Syed

Group 7
Isma Manzoor
Fizza Nasir
Ali Nawaz
Adam Yousef
Iman Ahmed

Group 8
Mohammed Pehlari
Adel Choubkha
Faisal Shethwala
Safoora Salman
Aamnah Sabir

7th Grade Groups
Group 1
Amani Laliwala
Samrah Abbasi
Sana Mariam
Hafsah Sabir
Adnan Khan
Wiaam Aggoun

Group 2
Aayaan Shaikh
Amina Choubkha
Maham Minhajuddin
Faraz Khan
Mariyum Shaikh

Group 3
Omar Abdeljabar
Eiman Navaid
Rama Alyousef
Suhaib Jabra
Zerina Adzamija
Amin Wahdan

Group 4
Osman Mohammed
Ameera Abdeljabar
Mohammed AbdulAziz
Sara Hashlamoun
Heather Javed
Sana Majed

Group 5
Sarah Schehade
Sara Ikram
Heena Sharief
Ameer Alkhatib
Umme Kulsum
Hannah Choubkha

Group 6
Ibraheem Ahmed
Aimal Shaukat
Sara Ismael
Abdullah Ghanem
Aisha Siyadath
Jibreel Saleh

8th Grade Groups

Group 1
Merjem Murati
Omar Darawsha
Irsyad Adam
Mohammed AbdulSamad
Zoha Ali
Zeeshan Sareshwala

Group 2
Subul Khan
Naima Chaudhary
Syed Quadri
Nayela Ahmed
Amina Akhtar
Iman Khan

Group 3
Mouaad Kerrada
Maaz Shaikh
Fahad Khan
Abdelrahman Alyousef
Amna Ahmed

Group 4
Mutasim Ibrahim
Areba Hashmi
Zainab Shaikh
Havva Alver
Sanah Ahmed
Sulayeman Mateen

Narrative Guidelines and Narrative Rubrics
for each grade are posted on the left-hand side of the page!!!


Announcement for 8th Graders:

Please refer to the link on the left-hand side of the page titled "8th Grade Commencement Autobiographies CRITERIA" -- Make note of the due dates and guidelines for your autobiographies.
*Failure to submit your FINAL autobiography to me, Mr. Quadri, Mrs. Mujtaba, and Mrs. Saleh via e-mail will result in your autobiography NOT being published.

Use this URL to create your Works Cited page, as well as place your in-text citations throughout your essay
Ms. Suzanne's E-mail 
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea
never regains its original dimensions." 
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

As-Salaamualaikum and welcome to MCC Academy's
Middle School English/Language Arts page

Revised E-mail Address:
It is my pleasure to introduce my student teacher, Suzanne Damra! Ms. Damra will be under the direct supervision of myself until the end of the 2015 school year, inshaAllah. Below is a mini-bio about her!

Greetings! E'ssalamu Alaykum! My name is Suzanne Damra. I am thrilled and honored to be student teaching under the direct supervision of Ms. Sanna Khan, for grades 6th, 7thand 8th English Language and Composition, until the end of this year. A few interesting facts about me is that I am currently a senior at North Park University in Chicago. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Arts in English Literature (Secondary Education) as well as certification in Special Education, InshAllah, in June of 2015. I have taught for my Mini- Teaching clinical experience at Mary, Seat of Wisdom, in Park Ridge for a 6th grade English Literature class. I am also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. As a student at North Park University, I have participated in extracurricular activities such as being a member of MESA, which is Middle Eastern Student Association. I have also worked a few different jobs, including retail and currently work part-time at Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, in Chicago, assisting with a population of individuals with special needs. I can speak fluent Arabic, and have traveled abroad to Amman, Jordan. Some of my hobbies are reading, spending time with family, and watching foreign films. I look forward to this wonderful experience at MCC Academy with students, staff, and family members.

-Ms. Suzanne Damra


All weekly vocabulary words are now, and will be, posted in your grade link on the left-hand side links of this page.

***Vocabulary Charts are always due the day of the quiz
(7 days after you have received the chart)***


Vocabulary Words for 3/2-3/9

6th Grade
1) aggregate
2) scheme
3) circumstance
4) component
6) differentiate
7) discrete
8) emerge
9) encounter
10) framework

7th Grade
1) analogy
2) confer
3) convert
4) manipulate
5) paradigm
6) precise
7) protocol
8) qualitative

8th Grade

1) attribute
2) compile
3) distort
4) dynamic
5) empirical
6) entity
7) fluctuate
8) generate
9) implicate
10) innovate

Vocabulary Words for Week of 1/26/15--2/2/15

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade



Star of the Day Questions
1) My favorite book is...
2) My favorite movie is...
3) The best trip I've ever taken was...
4) If I could visit any place on earth, it would be... (and why)
5) My favorite sport/ hobby is...
6) In ten years from now, I see myself as...
7) My favorite food/ restaurant is...
8) My favorite place to go with my family is...
9) My favorite school subject is...
10) The person I most admire is...


MCC Academy's Home Page

Core Classes

Here is a link to Ms. Abdullah's (Literature) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Mrs. Barkat's (Social Studies) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Mrs. Saleh's (Science) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Ms. Basith's (Math) TeacherWeb Page

Arabic/Quran/Islamic Studies

Here is a link to Maulana Mubeen Kamani's (Islamic Studies/ Islamic History) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Maulana Muniruzzaman's (Arabic/Quran) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Ms. Iram Shaikh's (Islamic Studies) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Mrs. Musleh's (Quran/Arabic) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Mrs. Ilham Wahdan's (Arabic) TeacherWeb Page

Here is a link to Mrs. Suzan Wahdan's (Arabic) TeacherWeb Page


Parent Survey

Student Survey


For your English Binders, you will need the following:
-One 1", 3-Ring Binder
-One spiral notebook
-Loose-leaf paper
-One pocket folder
-One pack of colored pencils.
-Pencils/ Colored Pen

*You may already have many of these items, and I highly suggest you use things you already own instead of purchasing new items--I simply need these items compiled together, so that every day you will have these materials automatically.

**Navigating Ms. Khan's Teacherweb Page:
  • On the left hand side of the page, you will find a number of links regarding middle school policy and procedures.
  • Below these links, you will see links titled '6A-8B' -- Depending on your grade/ class section, you will see homework/ classroom updates posted.
    ****When there is no HW, you will simply see nothing listed for that day.

  • Above, you will also find links to the other core middle school teachers' TeacherWeb pages.
  • If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please e-mail me at