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I have woven my topic through most of the various parts of the curriculum and have devised a sensible pacing chart for children. It is very teacher-friendly, as I have created teacher-ready materials ready to use. In my paper I have included an introduction, the three tales along with reading, social studies, game, language arts, mathematical and art activities and/or materials along with a comprehensive bibliography and appendix.
- 1. Anansi's Rescue from the River, which is an Ashanti tale (Ghana) about a spider and his sons and the origin of the moon.
- 2. Ijapa and Yanrinbo Swear an Oath, which is an Yoruba tale (Nigeria) about two tortoises and how they outwitted others.
- 3. Zomo the Rabbit, which is in the Bantu tradition (Angola, Botswana, Gabon, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) about a hare who wishes for wisdom.
One week is spent on each tale using may activities. During the fourth week the children are involved in the following:
- 1. A review of the three tales done orally.
- 2. Partner choice reading.
- 3. Comparisons of story elements.
- 4. Comparisons of the Ashantis, Yorubas & Bantus.
- 5. Writing one's own trickster myth.
- 6. Game play - Oware(Ashanti)/Ayo(Yoruba)
- 7. A FINALE! (Art and/or dramatics)
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