With this project, students will bring “The Cat Who Came Indoors” (from the book "Favorite African Folktales" edited by Nelson Mandela) to life. They will engage in a close reading analysis then apply their comprehension to the creation of a piece of art that represents their knowledge. In completing the close reading, students will develop essential literary skills, such as identifying key details of a story and analyzing cause and effect. In creating the art, students will learn and apply essential art concepts, such as mask-making. By blending literary and artistic skills, students will have the opportunity to complete an engaging project that helps them understand all learning is connected and fun!
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African Folktales Art & ELA Unit: Cross-Curricular Lessons & Projects for K-5!
If you are looking for an individual project for a different 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: 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
The project overview outlines the necessary 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 section outlines all the Art and ELA standards covered in the lesson and across the project’s scope. These standards are then synthesized in to aligned, achievable student objectives that are classroom friendly.
Lesson Pacing Guide
The lesson pacing guide provides a detailed overview of the lesson steps. You can use it to help guide your students through the project from beginning to end.
The reading guide provides step-by-step questions and answers to support you in guiding your students through a close reading of the African folktale.
PowerPoint & Project Images
The instructional presentation includes slides for the lesson that align with the plan described above. The project images provide a step-by-step visual to aid students in the completion of the project. It is content to aid you in enacting it.
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 opportunity for practice while preparing students to complete the larger project.
The rubric offers a framework to measure students’ success on the final project. They provide means to assess students with descriptors that distinguish for levels of demonstrated performance.