Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 106 West African Cultural Traditions Investigation

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 be able to draft a script for their 2-3 minute video where they are teaching their teammates about their topic relating to West African cultural traditions.

1. Submit Homework *You might want to go back to yesterday's description of the homework to make sure you're doing it correctly.

2. Quick Question: Yesterday we learned that wearing kente cloth was a tradition that started in West Africa that people in the United States still practice today. What other traditions or customs do we have in the United States that probably came from other areas of the world? (Google Moderator)

3. Tweet Storm: Tweet out one important idea, fact, or concept that you've learned about medieval West Africa. This can be from the Empire of Ghana, the kingdom of Mali, or another part of medieval West African culture that we covered in class. Make sure you use the hash tag #ksfb7 so that we can track your great tweets!

4. Dive back into investigating your topic. Remember, you should be gathering information on your topic in a Google document, on a piece of paper, or some other way to remember everything you learned and from where you learned it.

Here are the links to your topics and sources:

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

5. Create a tumblr post where you describe your topic and what is important for your teammates. You tumblr post should include at least two, thoughtful, paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to demonstrate that you understand your topic and the people that read your post should be able to get all the critical information.

Homework: Write the script for your explanation video. In your video you're going to be teaching your teammates about your topic. Make sure your script is long enough to create a 2-3 minute video.

IMPORTANT: You must save a copy of your script somewhere! I suggest creating a Google Doc with your script before you submit it in the homework form.


  1. This is a great resource. Thank you for putting this together!

  2. Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.