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African Textiles Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

In this lesson, students will become familiar with African fabrics, their origination and best uses. This lesson includes independent reading, two activities and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • define important terms
  • physically identify African textiles
  • determine the best use of each textile fabric

Length

This lesson will take 90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2.a

Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.8

Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Vocabulary

  • indigenous
  • textile
  • stencil
  • raffia
  • bast
  • resist
  • adinkra cloth
  • kente
  • bogolan
  • adire

Instructions

  • Prior to class, list the vocabulary above and ask students to define each term.
  • During class, ask students to list fabrics they wear.
  • Poll the class to determine which fabrics students like to wear the best and why.
  • Next distribute a copy of African Textiles: Patterns & Techniques and ask students to read independently.
  • Then to confirm their understanding of the lesson distribute the lesson quiz.

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