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Sharing African Culture

  • Arts and Humanities
    Language Arts, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Social Studies
    Geography, History, U.S. History, World History, Regions and Cultures, Sociology


Pre-K, K-2, 3-5

Brief Description

Students listen to an African American folk tale and draw pictures to illustrate the story.



  • learn about the history of African Americans.
  • listen to an African American folk tale
  • draw pictures to illustrate the story.


Africa, African American, black, black history, folk tales, literature, slavery, sequence

Materials Needed


Lesson Plan

Tell students that February is African American History Month.

  • Explain to students that many African Americans in the United States today are the descendents of slaves who were brought from Africa hundreds of years ago.
  • Show students Africa on a map or globe and trace the route of early slave ships.
  • Tell students that Africa is a continent with a rich cultural heritage.
  • Read aloud to students a selection from an online or print volume of Afro American Folk Tales.
  • Discuss with students the meaning of the story.
  • Provide students with paper and crayons or markers and ask them to draw a picture illustrating the story.
  • Invite students to share and describe their illustrations.


Students use their illustrations to create a book or a bulletin board that retells the folk tale. The teacher might create a simple comprehension quiz to confirm that students understood the sequence of events in the tale.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts


  • GRADES K - 4
    NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts in Relation to History and Cultures
    NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines




  • GRADES K - 4
    NSS-C.K-4.4 Other Nations and World Affairs





  • GRADES K - 4
    NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World
    NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage

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