ERIC Number: ED188996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing Africa in the Classroom. An Instructional Unit for Seventh Grade Social Studies. Part I. [And] Part II.
McKenzie, Karen S.
The document presents a seventh grade social studies unit on Africa. The unit is one of a number of products developed by a summer workshop for teachers on African curriculum development. The objective is to help students understand the concept of culture, how cultures develop, and how and why cultures change. The document is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on students' knowledge and misinformation about Africa, as well as the environment of the continent, a prediction of problems caused by the environment, and an attempt to formulate hypotheses for student inquiry into African culture. Sixteen learning activities include two pretests, class discussion, and mapwork, as well as exercises in knowledge identification, classification, data gathering, speculation, and generalization. All activities emphasize problem prediction and hypotheses formulation about the development of African cultures. Concluding sections list student and teacher resources and offer student handouts. Part II offers activities focusing on African art, music, and oral literature as integrated expressions of the culture. These are intended to supplement the activities of Part I and should be coordinated with them. Stories and proverbs from several tribes are told and discussed, including dilemma tales, singing tales, and tales of gods and heroes. Activities include identifying values, playing games, creative writing, problem solving, reading novels, film viewing, having a story telling contest, and dramatizing. They all emphasize African cultural aspects and values. Teaching strategies and student and teacher resources are suggested throughout. A bibliography concludes the document. (CK)
Descriptors: African Culture, African Literature, Area Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Objectives, Folk Culture, Grade 7, Lesson Plans, Music Education, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Story Telling, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides, Tribes
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.
Identifiers - Location: Africa