African Literature Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about African literature. While analyzing an informational text, students will complete a graphic organizer and engage in collaborative discussion. Students will also write an original piece of African literature.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Analyze an informational text about African literature.
  • Describe characteristics of African literature throughout history.
  • Write an original piece of African literature.


  • Two 60 minute sessions

Curriculum Standards


Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


  • Copies of African Literature: History and Characteristics, one per student
  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of blank timeline graphic organizers, one per pair of students
  • Crayons
  • Blank paper
  • Copies of a variety of pieces of African literature, one of each piece per student

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