African Studies Writing Prompts and Clip Art Based on a Sierra Leone Artifact

The ESL Nexus
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
10 plus cover and credits
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This freebie includes 1 clip art image based on a photograph of an artifact and 3 writing prompts about that same artifact that I purchased when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This resource is a sampler from a larger writing product that is available in printable and paperless versions and a separate clipart resource with additional photographs.

✓ Please note:

* You can find the full printable resource HERE.

* You can find the full paperless resource HERE.

* You can find all the clipart photographs HERE.

The prompts are differentiated for students at varying levels of reading and writing proficiency. You can use the clip art and writing prompts when teaching about Africa in a social studies class, when reading African literature in a language arts class, or as a supplement during Black History Month.

The clip art image shows a tray that is used to winnow rice, the staple crop in Sierra Leone. It is in PNG format at 300 dpi and can be used for commercial, classroom, and personal use. Since the image is based on a photograph I took myself, you do not have to worry about copyright issues when using the image in your materials. My complete Terms of Use are also included in this sampler.

The same image of the winnowing tray is the basis for the writing prompts included in this freebie. There are 3 different prompts so readers and writers of varying levels of proficiency can respond to at least one of the prompts:

* English Language Learners at WIDA Level 2 should be able to respond to the easier prompt

* ELLs at higher language proficiency levels can respond to any of the prompts

* Native English speakers can use whichever prompts are most appropriate for them

A list of the ELA Common Core standards that these writing prompts address and an example WIDA Model Performance Indicator are provided in this sampler.

What an educator who has used this resource says about it:

♥ "Format and topic will capture student interest and having three ready-made reading/writing levels is so useful. Great time-saver. Thank you! Pinning :) " -- AZSunset Cross-Curricular Literacy 4-9 .

I greatly enjoyed my time in Sierra Leone and am pleased to help you bring a little African culture into your classroom with this freebie sampler!


What you get in this sampler:

★ A table of contents for quick reference and a map of Sierra Leone (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with background information (2 pages)

★ List of ELA Common Core standards addressed and 1 example WIDA Model Performance Indicator (1 page)

★ 3 writing prompts for the winnowing tray (1 page each for a total of 3 pages)

★ Clip art image of a winnowing tray (1 page)

★ Terms of Use for the clip art image (1 page)

★ Logo button for The ESL Nexus (1 page)


The full versions of the freebie sampler's products are available here:

African Studies Clip Art Based on Photographs

African Studies Photographic Writing Prompts from Sierra Leone, Printable Version

African Studies Photographic Writing Prompts, Google Drive Version

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Thank you and happy teaching!

Common Core Standards © Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved. Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS Standards or WIDA ELD standards are solely those of The ESL Nexus and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. The ESL Nexus is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS or WIDA standards.


Total Pages
10 plus cover and credits
Answer Key
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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