ERIC Number: ED188991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Akan of Ghana. An Instructional Unit for Fourth Grade.
This teaching guide presents objectives, resources, and evaluation criteria for teaching pupils in fourth grade social studies and fine arts classes about Africa, and particularly the Akan ethnic group in Africa. This unit was developed at an interdisciplinary summer workshop for teachers on African culture. The major objective is to help students accept the reality of cultures other than their own. Specific objectives include that students will be able to identify stereotypes, learn geographic facts about Africa, recognize similarities and differences between African and American families, and learn to appreciate the culture of the Akan people. The guide describes the Akan nation, which consists of approximately five million people and accounts for approximately one-half of the population of Ghana. The Akan people speak nearly 20 distinct languages, live in rural communities, and are noted for their intricate and exquisite art forms, particularly sculpture, architecture, textiles, music, and dance. Lesson plans are presented for nine topics including debunking myths about Africa and Africans, the geography of Ghana, family and community life among the Akans, farming, and African culture. Students are involved in a variety of activities including simulating African ceremonies, playing African music, and working in various Akan art media including tie dye and Akinkra cloth. For each topic, information is presented on objectives, materials and time required, activities, and bibliography. (DB)
Descriptors: African Culture, Akan, Area Studies, Art Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Folk Culture, Grade 4, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Minicourses, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. African Studies Program.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 684-703.