by Phillip Martin
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Use Folk Tales to Bring Africa Alive in the Classroom
The stories used in this lesson were collected by the author while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. He lived in Zwedru, a town surrounded by the rainforest, or "the bush" as the Liberians called it. These tales have been kid - tested and approved around the world with students from kindergarten through grade eight. These stories, and any other African tales, work as a great introduction to the wealth of culture and history that Africa has to offer.
Subject Language Arts, Theater, Information Technology
Purpose Students of all ages love to (and should) be read to. Even Middle School Students enjoy the picture books that many mistakenly feel only belong in a primary school library. Picture books can be a used as an excellent starting point for a wide variety of subject areas. The text and illustrations provide an incredible amount of knowledge (and the students love it if they can find inaccurate information in the drawings.)
Navigation Through This Site
|Activity One -- Folk Tale Presentations
|Activity Two -- Collaborative Research on Current Issues in Africa
And It Works
Meeting Individual Needs
Links to Related Subjects
Activity Three -- Student Written Folk Tale Based Presentations
Those Who Have Gone Deep in the Bush