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Penn Literacy Program 2014

African Cities: Debunking Stereotypes!

Posted by AsOne Global on February 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM


The goal of this lesson was to debunk the stereotype that all Africans live in villages. The class started by making a list of the various types of places and buildings found in Philadelaphia and other US cities and discussing whether similar places and buildings can be found in Europe or Africa. Students then took turns reading Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly, a story about a boy living in Cape Town South, Africa. The class then had the opportunity to view and discuss dozens of pictures of cities all over the African continent. The lesson culminated with students creating their own drawings of a city in Africa.

Students sit in a reading circle and take turns reading "Somewhere in Africa" by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly and "Not so Fast Songolog" by Niki Daly (below). 

After learning about the major cities in Africa, Students draw their own cities in Africa (below). 

Categories: After-school African Studies enrichment program at B.B Comegys Elementary School

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