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African Folktales and Activities

Louise Orlando

This collection of thirteen folktales comes from different ethnic communities in Africa. For each folktale, there is information regarding the ethnic community from which it was collected, the geography and culture of the people. In addition, there are activities suggested for each folktale which help to integrate the lessons of the stories with other learning skills in science, social studies, math, geography, language arts, and art. (Scholastic Professional Books, 1995, 80pp)

Grades K-12, Teacher resource

Colonialism in the Congo: Conquest, Conflict, and Commerce

The Choices Program at the Watson Institute of Brown University

Provides short, student friendly articles that introduce the effects of colonialism on indigenous people in the Congo. Teacher resource book is also available.

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

The Currency of Africa

Newark Museum

This book of postcards of paper money designs from 19 African currencies. It is based on money purchased in 1990 and before. The collection includes money from Algeria, Belgian Congo, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French West Africa, Togo, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Somalia and Uganda. (Pomegranate Artbooks, 1995)

Grades K-12, Teacher resource

Destination: Cameroon Study Guide and Video

H. Thomas Collins and Christopher Majeske

Because of its great physical and cultural diversity, Cameroon is sometimes referred to as "Africa in Miniature." The 20 minute video introduces students to three different communities - one in the western highlands, one in the rain-forest region, and on e located in Cameroon's grassy lowlands - and demonstrates how the homes, agricultural crops, and lifestyles differ in each area. The Study Guide provides: background on the African continent and Cameroon; discussion questions and inquiry activities based on the video; maps and a list of resources; 11 lesson plans; and a worksheet collection. (U.S. Peace Corps, 1993, 57pp)

Grades 6-9 (adaptable for grades 3-6 and 10-12); Teacher resource

Destination: Lesotho Study Guide and Video

Elise Sprunt Sheffield

"The Mountain Kingdom" of Lesotho, a developing nation surrounded by industrialized South Africa, is both an anomaly among nations and, at the same time, a symbol of the geographical and cultural dynamics at work in almost every land. Here, the contrast between tradition and modernity, between rural and urban ways of being is delineated as starkly as the rugged terrrain. The 22-minute video visits a lowland village and a highland village to meet two Peace Corps volunteers and the communities they serve , and students learn the ways people cope in Lesotho's two very different types of physical environments. The Study Guide is intended to direct student attention to the ways that physical geography has shaped, preserved, and transformed local human culture. Each topic unit has lesson materials which are grouped according to three academic levels: grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. The materials are developed along five fundamental themes of geography: location (position on the Earth's surface); place (physical and human characteristics); relationships within places (humans and their environments); movement (humans interacting on Earth); and regions (how they form and change). (U.S. Peace Corps, 1994, 76pp)

Destination: Senegal Video Guide and Video

Margaret Legowski and Shirley Puchalski

Senegal has a rich culture that reflects its ethnic diversity, its colonial past, and the reality of its geography. The 15-minute video provides a brief overview of Senegal's geography and history, and viewers visit the capital city of Dakar and learn about life in two villages. The Video Guide has been designed for a 3-5 day mini-unit, with activities written for 3 grade levels: grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. The activities are designed to present basic information on the geography of Senegal and to explore aspects of Senegalese culture. (U.S. Peace Corps, 1991, 83pp)

Grades 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, Teacher resource

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle

The Choices Program at the Watson Institute of Brown University

Provides short, student friendly articles that introduce precolonial, colonial, and the development of apartheid history in South Africa. Special attention is given to evaluating and reflecting upon the actions of the government and anti-apartheid activists. Teacher resource guide is available.

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

History of Africa in Maps

Harry A Gailey

Offers short one page history lessons illustrated by large maps. (Denoyer-Geppert, 1971. 96pp)

Grades 9-12, Teacher Resource

Music in East Africa

Gregory Barz

Explores different ways musical traditions and contemporary performances interact in case studies from Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Special attention is given to how people use music in their daily lives and the importance of drumming, singing, and dancing in cultural practices. (Oxford, 2004, 160pp)

Teacher Resource

Music in West Africa

Ruth Stone

Explores different ways musical traditions and contemporary performances interact in a case study of the Kpelle people from Liberia
. Special attention is given to how people use music in their daily lives and the importance of drumming, singing, and dancing in cultural practices. (Oxford, 2004, 160pp)

Teacher Resource

Through African Eyes, Volume One – The Past, the Road to Independence: Continuity and Change

Leon E. Clark

This book uses African autobiography, modern literature, historical and contemporary documents, letters and diaries to trace the African past, focusing on the ancient kingdoms of both East and West Africa and continues through the coming of the Europeans and the African colonial experience, concluding with the rise of nationalism in which Africans struggle to regain their freedom from the Europeans. (CITE Books, 1991, 294pp)

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

Through African Eye, Volume Two – Culture and Society: Continuity and Change

Leon E. Clark.

This book uses African autobiography, modern literature, historical and contemporary documents, letters and diaries to introduce various African societies and cultures in all of their richness and diversity. Teaching guide also available.(CITE Books, 2000, 346pp)

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource