ERIC Number: ED167476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
West Africa: An American Heritage.
Njiiri, Ruth, Ed.; Roehrig, Matthew, Ed.
This guide contains unit plans and learning activities designed to broaden elementary and secondary students' perceptions of Ghana. Art and crafts activities, unit outlines, and resource materials are arranged in separate sections. Information on the art forms, music, dance, and folktales is followed by suggestions for creative activities. Ghanian symbols are provided for students to duplicate the Adinkra process of printing on cloth; tie-dyeing and beadmaking activities are also included. Students learn dances, songs, and drum beats, and enact a folktale with shadow puppets. The section containing unit outlines provides two units at the secondary level: The Individual African in a Changing Society, which examines a typical day in urban Ghana, and Colonialism and Nation Building, which traces Ghanian history through the independence movement. Two elementary level units are The African Community and Children in Another Country. These units feature group activities which center around activity stations. Students investigate language, art, daily living, geography, clothing, African animals, music, and careers. At the completion of activities, a traditional festival to celebrate the coming of spring is held. The resource section contains a collection of reading materials for use in the previous sections. Case studies, interviews, and news articles are included. Accompanying recordings and slides are available through the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. (KC)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, African Languages, African Literature, Art, Black Culture, Class Activities, Colonialism, Comparative Education, Creative Activities, Dance, Developing Nations, Dramatics, Elementary Secondary Education, Folk Culture, Learning Centers (Classroom), Learning Laboratories, Music Activities, Non Western Civilization, Resource Materials, Social Structure, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Tribes, Units of Study
Publications Assistant, Center for International Education, Hills House South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.