ERIC Number: ED188993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Africa: A Unit for an Arts in General Education Curriculum. An Instructional Unit for Sixth Grade.
The document presents the sixth grade teaching unit of an interdisciplinary work project on Africa, one of a number of products developed by a summer workshop for teachers on African curriculum development. The overall objective is to clarify some similarities and differences between Western and African cultures, as well as to illustrate diversity within the African continent. This unit is centered around the traditional African story-telling techniques, particularly those incorporating music, of the Igbo people of Nigeria and the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Introductory material states instructional objectives, including the central idea, seven concepts, and 19 skills pertaining to music, visual arts, language arts, and social studies. It also discusses teaching strategies and learning activities. The following section of the document presents six daily lesson plans. Each plan includes objectives, instructions for teacher preparation and implementation, a list of needed materials, activity suggestions, and reproducible handouts. Activities include listening to stories, discussing, learning chants, matching African and American proverbs, drawing inferences and conclusions, comparing cultures, and dramatizing. Concluding sections offer lists of audiovisual materials and books; suggested art, language arts, and social studies activities with bibliographies and handouts; and an appendix comparing African oral narratives of various areas. (CK)
Descriptors: African Culture, Area Studies, Art Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Grade 6, Igbo, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Music Education, Shona, Social Studies, Story Telling, 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. Several pages of photographs and illustrations may not reproduce well.