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The Lion King—The Broadway Musical Study Guide

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Musicals have been adapted from stage plays, novels, and movies. With The Lion King, Disney transforms its animated film into show-stopping, live-action musical theatre. The guide Disney provides to accompany a study of the award-winning...
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Lesson: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Wangechi Mutu

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Social issues of gender and media stereotypes, begins with a multi-sensory experience. Learners view the painting Backlash Blues and make critical comments based on what they see. They then read the Langston Hughes poem and listen to the...
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Grow a Musical Instrument

For Teachers K - 6th
Music, culture, social studies, and plant growth all in one! Kids explore the various type of traditional African instruments that are made out of gourds. They then grow their own gourds and use them to create a wide variety of African...
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How Africa is Becoming China's China

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Is it possible for a nation to buy an ally? Scholars research the growing relationship between African nations and one of the largest superpowers on the planet, China. Viewing a short video, they discuss how different nations in Africa...
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Discover the Nile River

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Inquisitive scholars read about the Nile River's watershed, the different animals found in a variety of biomes, and where clean water comes from as well as its usage. Four activities add to the learning process—a board game that takes...
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Simulation on Conflict Prevention in the Greater Horn of Africa

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Is containing a conflict possible in the Horn of Africa? Young peacekeepers engage in a simulation that examines the multi-faceted conflict that exists between the countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Representatives from ten countries in...
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Who Built Great Zimbabwe? And why?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It's hard to image that a mystery surrounds the second largest settlement ruins found in Africa. Who built this stone city? Why was it built? What happened to it? Why was it abandoned? A short video explores the controversies surrounding...
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First Contact Newspaper

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Turn scholars into news reporters whose assignment is to cover the goings on in Early America. Your job as editor is to help individuals select a topic and to guide them on their writing journey. Young journalists then draft their...
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 13: Unit Culmination - Symposium

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
To conclude a unit on the concept of diversity in world literature, class members conduct a symposium on "African Literature in Global Perspectives." In order to earn a spot on the panel, individuals craft an original thesis that...
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Contemporary North Africa: A Sociological Perspective

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
After examining Western stereotypes of African culture and common perceptions of Islam, groups research the language, technology, symbols, norms, and values of North African countries, including Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, and Mali....
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Mansa Musa, One of the Wealthiest People Who Ever Lived

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Discover the complex, rich legacy of fourteenth century African king Mansa Musa, who is said to have been one of the wealthiest individuals who has ever lived. Young historians will learn about trade routes between the Mediterranean and...
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Role of Masks in African Cultures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore ancient tradition and craft of mask making, examine role or function of masks in African culture, create instruments, and participate in class projects.
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African Jeopardy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Twenty-five great questions about the flags, countries, resources, languages, and music of Africa await your class. They'll play a Jeopardy-style game to prepare for a quiz, or to show what they know about the amazing African continent. 
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Lesson: Expressing the Inner Life of Things

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Found metal objects were welded together to create an inspiring African sculpture. Learners consider the use of objects and the inspiration of African art seen in Picasso's work. They then find and create a scrap art sculpture, as well...
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Lesson: Resolving Conflict Creatively

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The wood sculpture Nkisi Nkondi is said to have been used to aid in conflict resolution. Learners pretend they are journalists reporting on a conflict in which the figure was used to resolve an issue. A creative and interesting use of...
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Africa: Research Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Here is a great way to prepare the class for a research project. Instead of drawing up an outline, they hit the books to create a foldable about their topic. They research to answer 28 questions about Ghana, Songhi, and Mali. 
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African Ideas of the Afterlife and Beloved

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine African cultural ideas about death and the afterlife by reading and answering questions about passages from Beloved.
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The Music of Other Cultures

For Teachers 7th
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and...
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African Ceramic Portrait Vessel

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a piece of art inspired by traditional African pieces.
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6th Grade Art

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create "macquette" sculptures, which would be models for larger playground pieces.
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Paper Maché Mancala Game Boards

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders create three dimensional works of art from two dimensional plans, develop skills in papier-mach?? technique, utilize elements and principles of design to create 3-D form, and develop math/strategy skills in playing the...
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Music: Off the Wall & Onto the Stage - Composing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Kids explore Gullah music from Africa and then create original compositions based on what they've learned. They practice traditional melodies and rhythms then make some of their own, which they then perform for the class. 
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African Influences in Brazilian Music

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Brazilian music, culture, and religion have been heavily influenced by African's who were brought to South America during the time of slave trading. This presentation covers the blending of two cultures which resulted in Afro-Brazilian...
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African Music Quiz

For Students 6th - 9th
Quiz your class on the wonders of African music. There are approximately 25 questions broken into five sections, each section focuses on a different aspect of music applied to African music elements. Quiz topics include African music,...
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Retelling the African Folktale Abiyoyo

For Teachers K
Act out the African folktale Abiyoyo. Kindergartners listen to the tale and discuss the characters, dressing as their favorite characters in order to retell and perform Abiyoyo using props. They will gain an understanding of story...
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Southern Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
Investigate the culture and economics or Southern Africa in this text-companion activity. Learners read about the gold trade, apartheid, wealth division, and traditional lifestyles in this region. They take notes and answer 4...
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African Masks And Their Impact On Western Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore the influence of African-style masks on Western art. Learners create individual masks using construction paper. They discuss and explore the techniques used to create these types of masks. The resource includes links to...
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Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern...
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Critical and Creative Expression

For Teachers 8th
Budding musicians discuss African culture and the musical term, polyphony. The lesson is broken into several tables that help identify pattern, rhythm, harmony, and melody. A question sheet is also included.
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Water in Africa

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students discover the horrible situation of water shortages that many people face by completing Peace Corps activities.  In this global health activity, students analyze and discuss photographs of people in Africa struggling to find...
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Africa Colors a Destiny

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discover the peace corps and the culture of Chad. In this cultural awareness activity, students watch a slide show and examine various primary sources from peace corps volunteers in Africa. This activity includes web-links,...
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Day to Day Life in a Small African Village

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students analyze life in a village of Tanzania including its language, geography, health, and hygiene issues. In this African village lesson, students locate Tanzania and its capital city on a map. Students compare aspects of school and...
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The Talking Goat

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars read and analyze an African folktale. They read and discuss the folktale, analyze a map of Africa and Liberia, complete a worksheet, answer discussion questions, and analyze the patterns and analogies of the folktale.
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Masks of Africa

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Pupils explain the purpose of masks to various cultures in Africa. They recognize the conceptual patterns used to create African masks and illustrate their understanding by creating their own masks
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Using the Internet - Art and Design

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
An interesting resource that might work best in an upper level art course, this handout provides a list of nine websites where young artists can read and study about all forms of art. These online resources range from a dictionary of...
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Beliefs in Traditional African Religions

For Students 6th - 10th
While there are a few aspects of this worksheet missing, it can absolutely be useful and suit your African religions study. A worksheet is split into 3 parts: "before you read," "while you read," and "after you read." There is a chart...
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Africa: Art and Culture

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Posing an introductory question about the reflection of culture within art, this lecture on African art forms will garner intrigue and imagination. From oral tradition (the African griot), to images of African masks and Western...
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Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas

For Teachers K - 2nd
You can keep this printable idea sheet and use when you're in a tight spot. It contains cross-curricular ideas that span every subject while relating to the African tale, "Anasazi the Spider." Learners will act, write, move, count, and...
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Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the history of Mali. In this African cultures lesson, students research the impact of Sundiata Keita as king of Mali, recognize the significance of historical Malian festivals, and create character masks to be...
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African Artist El Anatsui as a Reflection of African Culture: Human Rights Issues and Activism Through Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Learners explore global issues through visual art analysis. In this African art lesson, students examine works by El Anatsui and discussing their human rights themes. Learners then design lesson plans based on their findings.
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My Mask, My Voice

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students create a three-dimensional mask. In this people of African descent lesson plan, students examine masks and observe the elements the artists used to create the mask. Students produce their own mask representing various facial...
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The Legacies of Africa and China

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze the contributions of early civilizations in Africa and China. In this world history instructional activity, 7th graders  research Internet and print sources regarding scientific and cultural attributes of Africa...
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African Myths

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Young scholars discover the role of storytelling in the African culture. In this multicultural lesson, students discuss the elements of the African myth and record them on the board. Young scholars visit an African folktale website and...
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Sculpted, Painted Balsa-Foam African Masks

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students create an African mask. In this African art instructional activity, students use Balsa-Foam and acrylic paints to construct an African mask. Students carve out the facial features and seal it with a coat of Gesso.
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African Mask

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Learners make masks. In this African art lesson, students review background information about African art and the use of masks. Learners use geometric shapes and other designs to create their masks.
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Habari Gani: What is the News?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Display creative works of art after learning about Kwanzaa. Kindergartners hear stories about the history of Kwanzaa and its celebrations. They then create artwork, practice African dances and listen to African music.
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Dance: African Drumming

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students evaluate the messages in music. In this communication through music lesson, students listen to various musical selections and determine the message being conveyed in the song. Then, students create their own message as they...
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African Folklore Project

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students present information on a particular African culture. In this folklore project, students research information on an African culture, decorate a mask worn during presentation, and find a corresponding folklore story to correspond...
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How Africans Became Slaves for the Colonists

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars complete a t-chart identifying the advantages and disadvantages of having indentured servants. In groups, they research the use of serfs and slaves in various cultures and share their responses. To end the lesson, they...
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Africa: Small Sounds From a Big Country

For Teachers 8th
Students explore the music from Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Pygmy cultures. They listen to and discuss music from the African cultures, analyze the musical elements, write a song, and perform music.
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Personal Clay Box

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students search for and sort ideas for content in their artwork, explore African art, and create and assemble a lidded box-like form from slabs of clay half way between soft and leather hard.
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Masking the Truth

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the artistic and social significance of African masks. They create their own masks that reflect an important aspect of moving in their lives.
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Principles of Kwanzaa Plaque

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Study African culture and learn the origins of Kwanzaa with an artistic lesson plan. Learners recognize that Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits of the harvest." They identify and comprehend the values and meanings of the nguzo saba,...
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African Chants

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners perform African chants. In this geography skills instructional activity, students read about African chants and watch videos about them prior to performing them in groups with appropriate rhythm and cadence.
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African Mask

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students research the importance of masks to the African culture.  In this African mask lesson, students design original masks using a variety of materials.  Students use the template provided to create their masks.
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European Christians in Africa

For Students 7th - 12th
For this European colonialism worksheet, students read 5 quotes regarding the role of missionaries in Africa. Students then respond to 5 short answer questions.
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Changing Roles in Africa: Traditional vs. Modern

For Students 6th - 8th
In this African culture worksheet, students read a selection about the role of tradition on modern Africa and then respond to 7 short answer questions. Students also complete a Venn diagram.
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Masking: Honoring Animals, Ancestors, and Gods

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students analyze the role of masks in African culture. In this African masks lesson, students read about the importance and meaning of imagery of African masks. Students observe animals in local ecosystems and create a mask combining the...
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Ancient Origins: The Role of Archaeology in Reconstructing the Past

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students read information about the ancient origins of art and archaeology with a focus on the Malian culture. In this art origins lesson, students read background information for the topic and compare ancient and contemporary objects....
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Translating African Masks

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students identify traits of African masks. In this multicultural art activity, students view online examples of African masks and discuss the characteristics of the masks. Students create an original 2-D version of the African mask by...
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Faces of Africa II

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students complete art analysis for a Bessie Harvey piece. In this art analysis lesson, students read background information, complete careful looking questions, discussion questions, context questions, and other related activities.
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Spirit Mask

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create traditional African art pieces. In this visual arts instructional activity, students use modeling materials to craft Gabon clay masks that represent beauty.
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African Art: Ntan Drum

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students study African history, anthropology and culture using the lens of the art object, Ntan Drum. Lesson and instruction is differentiated for elementary, middle and high school students.
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African Popular Music

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore popular music of West Africa. In this musicians lesson, students complete listening tasks that challenge them to analyze the music of Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, and Baaba Maal.
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Pitched Instruments of African Music

For Students 5th - 12th
For this African music worksheet, students read about the kora and the xylophone which are types of pitched instruments. A glossary is included in the 2 page article.
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African Music

For Students 6th - 10th
For this African music worksheet, students read about how family life, community music, and rhythms are part of the culture and music of Africa.
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Stone Passing Game with Calabash Song

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discuss games and their use around the world in many different cultures and how music and games are related. They discuss the rules of West African game then play a game from West Africa and review and learn the "Calabash" song...
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Kye Kye Kule

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study the repeating patterns and basic dance movements used in traditional African drumming songs. In groups, they create a story that can be used with a ritual/tradition and a rhythmic piece that uses repeating rhythmic...
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African Art and Community

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore art in traditional African communities, discover how art is used to maintain important social relationships, and draw or write about objects that reflect their own communities.
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Exploring the Roots of Modern Dance in America

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers develop an understanding of how African culture impacted modern dance in the United States.
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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Readers are first introduced to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart by making a map of Africa. They will better understand the novel's historical and literary contexts, European and African literary traditions, and how historical events...
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African Folktales

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students study the elements of folktales. They write, perform and produce their own African folktales using camcorders and movie software.
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Stroking the Senses: The Literature, Music, and Art of the Harlem Renaissance

For Teachers K - 6th
Students investigate the history of African Americans by researching Harlem.  For this culture lesson, students examine a slide-show of images and identify the great African American singers and performers of the 20th century.  Students...
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Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine a selection of traditional African artwork that portray women and explore postcolonial African literature created by women in order to gain insight into the lives of some black women in Sub-Sahara Africa.
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A Journey To Africa: Art And Artifacts

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create a multimedia presentation based on a piece of African Art. They use the art piece to demonstrate the culture and ceremonies of the area in which it was produced. They research facts for a Power Point, write a...
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Africans and Women in Jamestown

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine the first settlement at Jamestown and its citizens. Using the internet, they discover the role of women and Africans in Jamestown. They role play what the settlement was like before and after women and Africans...
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African Art and Personal Adornment

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars explore the concept of personal adornment. They view and compile a list examples and compare personal adornment in American culture to that in African culture.
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Visit to Ackland Art Museum (African Masks Exhibit)

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders observe and describe the similarities and differences in the African Mask exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum. They use describing words to express the feelings of the masks.
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Adinkra Design

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss African cultural heritage and how it is rich with tradition in song, dance, storytelling, and art. They demonstrate understanding of symbols representing communication by creating/identifying a set of symbols and...
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Rites of Passage: Initiation Masks in French Speaking Black Africa

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine African cultures through the study of masks in the initiation ceremonies in French speaking black Africa. They analyze masks, and create their own masks.
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African Clothing

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars explore African clothing. In this African culture social studies lesson, students brainstorm types of clothing they wear for different occasions. Young scholars view photographs of Africans wearing Western clothing and...
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VS.3e

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore, examine and identify the importance of the arrival of Africans and women to the Jamestown settlement. They review the groups of people in Virginia during the early 1600s and explain how having a government brought...
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The Beautiful People of Africa

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners discover the people of Africa by creating a PowerPoint presentation.  In this African culture lesson, students utilize the Internet to investigate a specific African tribe and their specific location, culture, and way of life....
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Stories of Hope: Dragonfly and Mosquito

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore folktales. In this folktale lesson, students read and discuss elements of a folktales. Students create their own folktale with all elements and illustrate their writing. 
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Drama and African American Folktales: Addressing the Social Development Needs of My Students

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders develop cultural awareness of their heritage, therefore building their self-esteem. They discover the link between learning and social skills and recognize that learning is an integral part of their lives. The recognize...
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Math and Latin Music

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research the origins of Latin music in Cuba and then engage in a project that asks them to combine math skills and knowledge of musical rhythms to create their own 10-measure Latin music rhythm display.
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Ashanti Dolls

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
This lesson focuses on the African culture and tradition through creation of African dolls called: "Ashanti dolls". While creating the dolls, the students learn about the Ashanti culture. More specifically, how the doll represents a...
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A Divided Community

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars research the history of migration and immigration of people of African heritage. They present their findings at a simulated town-hall meeting.
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Foods of African Countries

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study foods of African countries and geographical locations of specific countries on the continent, vocabulary of African food products, and similarities/differences of food grown throughout various terrains/climates of...
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Discovering Africa

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Learners investigate the continent of Africa by viewing images.  In this world geography lesson, students discover the geographic location of Africa and analyze photographs of the continent through a PowerPoint slide-show.  Learners...
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Motor Car and Galimoto: An Intercultural lesson in pragmatism, creativity, and perseverance

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore cultural awareness by reading children's literature. In this human poverty lesson, 3rd graders read the book Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and discuss the main character's struggle to achieve his goals. Students...
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Discovering Swahili

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate the African language of Swahili by translating vocabulary words.  In this foreign language lesson, students write 26 English words that define Africa and utilize the Internet to translate them into Swahili.  Students...
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Similarities Between African Folktales And French Folktales

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars study the importance of the Storyteller in ancient times as well as in modern times. They realize that this is an art essential to the development and evolution of the mind and that today more than ever we need to rely on...
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Readers' Theatre with African and Chinese Folktales

For Teachers 4th
Students investigate genre of folklore, specifically African and Chinese folktales, and script and perform folktales with examples from The Magic Brocade and Fire on the Mountain. Seven lessons on one page.
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Exploring African Music

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students appreciate African Music and the rich culture it represents. They identify two characteristics of African Music in their journals.
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Pupils appreciate African folktales, make "connections" between geography and literature, and research facts about Africa's animals and present findings through art and writing.
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African Art and Personal Adornment: African Folktales

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students write a folktale based on an African adinkra symbol. They research its meaning and relate it as the theme.