This is a short excerpt about Mali griots (storytellers). Students read the passage and then answer six comprehension questions about the main ideas and vocabulary in the text. Since the writing style is poetic in style, this would be a great passage to dig into together as a class or in small groups. It might be too challenging for independent practice, depending on your students' abilities.
The writing prompt "Remember when...?" helps students make connections to their own lives. They write about a story from their own family.
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