Oral literature or folklore is often beautiful, and here I've listed two excerpts: one a traditional poem and another a poem based on the oral tradition.
This PowerPoint (2007) was created to share with other teachers in order to promote African literature (and the oral tradition) within the classroom. As such, it provides resources for finding books and information to share with students and use in analysis, but is not designed to be shown to students. It is important to know that African literature from actual African writers has been difficult to access for a very long time, and that now the internet is giving individuals some accessibility although these works are generally not known or commonly available.
This was PowerPoint was designed for teachers of reading or of literature. I believe this is helpful for teachers of literature at all grade levels, although literary techniques may be not the focus for the very youngest students, even when young students can identify and use some simple techniques such as repetition or listing. Because it provides information on African literature resources and background information, it is appropriate for any teacher seeking to increase access to good African literature.
The techniques and background of oral tradition in African literature are defined, along with a cultural significance and warnings regarding traditional stereotypes and potential pitfalls. Approximately 12 techniques are listed, along with aspects of storytelling and types of stories. A listing of publishers, book prizes, and online resources is provided, as well a listing of sample texts grouped into categories of children's, folklore, and adolescent literature. Nobel laureates are listed and described in brief, with country of origin and year.
Images are just a little snip of the slides. The PowerPoint is on a white background without images, only text, with headings, columns, bullets, and such. There are 30 slides, the first simply an introductory page and the last two reserved for references.
Reviewing these slides takes approximately ten minutes, although author and book links are included which would increase time if investigated.