African Studies: Clip Art Based on Photographs of Artifacts from Sierra Leone

The ESL Nexus
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This set of 12 photographs can be used during Black History Month, when teaching world geography courses, in language arts courses that are reading African literature, or any time you are teaching about West Africa or African Studies in Social Studies classes.

The images are photographs of artifacts I bought in Sierra Leone, West Africa, when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer there. They can be used in teacher-created materials, student reports and assignments, and for bulletin board displays. The images would be great as activators for lessons or to generate discussion about aspects of African culture, which is how I used the actual artifacts in my classes.

The clip art images in this product are:
♦ The African continent
♦ A basket
♦ A bracelet
♦ A doll in traditional dress
♦ An elephant
♦ A fan
♦ A fertility god figurine
♦ A mask
♦ A musical instrument
♦ Spoons
♦ A stool
♦ A winnowing tray

Besides the images, which are in .png format and 300 dpi, this zip file also includes background information about each image, maps of Africa and Sierra Leone, and a picture of the flag of Sierra Leone. A table of contents and my easy to use terms of use for digital images are provided, too. Since I took all the photographs in this resource, you can use them for small business, personal, and classroom use without worrying about copyright issues.

What an educator who has used this resource says about it:
♥ "These are all excellent, high quality images. The background information is such an added bonus!" -- Two Boys and a Dad Productions.

Combined with the background information in the notes about the artifacts, these images are a great way to get your students interested in learning about Africa!


What you get in this product:

★ 12 images of artifacts from Sierra Leone, one per page (12 pages)

Plus a PDF file with:
★ A table of contents and a map of Africa for reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with general information (1 page)

★ Map and flag of Sierra Leone (1 page)

★ Background information about each artifact (2 pages)

★ Terms of use page regarding the clip art (1 page)


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