The African Folktales Art & ELA Unit provides you with everything you need to engage your students in a unique, cross-curricular project. Whether you are an Art teacher looking to incorporate more literacy into your classroom or an ELA teacher looking to engage students in literature through art, this unit has you covered! The lesson and project pack for each grade (K-5) includes: a project overview, standards and objectives, lesson pacing guide, reading or viewing guide, Art handouts, ELA handouts, a PowerPoint presentation, images to walk you through project steps, rubrics, and answer keys. It is a comprehensive resource for enacting a truly inter-disciplinary learning experience. The only other items you will need are the materials for the art project itself and the novel “Favorite African Folktales” edited by Nelson Mandela!
If you are looking for an individual project for a specific grade, check them out here!
African Folktales: Anansi the Spider – Combining Art & ELA Through Projects – K
African Folktales: Why Mosquitoes Buzz – Combining Art & ELA – Grade 1
African Folktales: The Cat Who Came Indoors – Combining Art & ELA – Grade 2
African Folktales: Sankhambi – Combining Art & ELA – Grade 3
African Folktales: Sakunaka the Handsome Young Man – Combining Art & ELA – Grade 4
African Folktales: The Great Thirst – Combining Art & ELA – Grade 5
Art & ELA Handouts
The handouts provide scaffolding for students to help them develop their ELA and Art abilities. Each handout – one for ELA and one for Art – addresses the specific focus skill in that subject. They provide the opportunities for practice while preparing students to complete the larger projects.
PowerPoints & Project Images
The instructional presentations include slides for the lessons that align with the lesson plans and pacing guides. The project images provide a step-by-step visual to aid students in the completion of the projects. The resources are intended to aid you as you guide the students to the project’s completion.
The project overviews outline the materials needed to complete the project. The actual art materials and African folktales needed for the project are not included; however, suggestions are provided for making it easier to acquire those materials.
Standards & Objectives
The standards and objectives resources outline all the Art and ELA standards covered in individual lessons and across the projects’ scope. These standards are then synthesized into aligned, achievable student objectives that are classroom friendly.
Lesson Pacing Guides
The lesson pacing guides provide a detailed overview of the lesson steps. You can use them to help keep your students on track from the projects’ beginning to their end.
Viewing & Reading Guides
The viewing and reading guides provide step-by-step questions and answers to support you in helping your students engage with close readings of the African folktales.
Rubrics & Answer Keys!
The rubrics offer a framework to measure students’ success on the final project. For the upper grades, students can also complete an artist reflection for their work. These resources provide means to assess students. Answer keys are also included for all applicable materials!