Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 105 West African Cultural Traditions (2/28/2012)

Standard: 7.4.5. Describe the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture.

Aim: The historians of 2017 will investigate one of the West African cultural traditions and begin to create Tumblr post to teach their teammates about their topic.

3. After the do now, we're going to spend some time reading reviewing your thoughts on the Kente cloth and transition into our lesson on West African cultural traditions.

"Kente is a woven cloth made by the Asante people of Ghana and the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. Weavers use looms to make strips of kente cloth and then craft garments by sewing the strips together in a pattern of staggered stripes. The contrasts in line and color have special meaning and give the cloth a rhythmic quality. Kente cloth is admired and worn in many countries around the world today. In the United States, kente is worn at weddings, for important events, and holidays."

(source: History Alive)

4. After learning about the kente cloth, we're going to divide up into groups and start our investigation. Track Mr. Sanders as he explains how this is going to work.

5. To see which area of West African culture you are investigating, open this document and take a look at the chart. On Thursday you are going to be created a video where you are describing your area of focus for your teammates. Today and tomorrow you are going to spend time researching your topic and creating a tumblr post describing your topic for your teammates.

O--West African Oral and Written Traditions
M--West African Music Traditions
A--West African Visual Arts

You should not complete all three.

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