We began today's class by going over the literary response questions for Anansi's folktale.
Next, we watched a video by a professor of African literature on the craft of storytelling:
Afterwards, students wrote about these related questions:
-What kind of stories are a part of your life? What do these stories bring to your life?
-Do you think stories should do more than just entertain? What else should they do in today’s society?
We discussed student responses to these questions. Then we watched a video of a storytelling telling a traditional African story:
Then, students responded to these questions:
-Does this story remind you of any others you have heard or read?
-What is the lesson that Sokufo Seriba learns?
-In Baba’s tale, the ruler says, “When you have experienced life’s pain, then you truly know how to sing.” What do you think he means? Do you agree?
We discussed student responses, and I handed out the homework. It is attached below.
Have a great weekend :)
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.