TEL Lesson Plan
Looking at Kente Cloth

Grade Level: K-2
Subject: Art Education/Fine Arts: Visual Arts
Time Frame: 1 class session

Summary

Using the information about the role kente cloth traditionally played in Ghanaian culture, students will make their own kente cloth.

Databases/Other Resources

Gale Kids InfoBits; websites (search engines)

Procedures

The search in Kids InfoBits will yield a full-text article describing kente cloth and its role in the Asante and Ewe cultures of Ghana. Students will use this information, along with the pictures and information from the Internet sites, to create their own kente cloth design.

Steps

Steps for Teacher

Steps for Librarian

Steps for Student

  1. Listen to teacher’s lecture on kente cloth.
  2. Use crayons or markers and paper to create your own kente cloth design.

Related Activities

1. Read The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove and Julia Cairns or Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove.  

2. Try to find members of your community who might show examples of garments made from kente cloth to the students.

3. Use the Internet to find pictures of other types of African art.

 

 

Content Standards

Art Education/Fine Arts: Visual Art

Standard 4.0 Historical and Cultural Relationships

Students will understand the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Standard 4.0 Historical and Cultural Relationships

Learning Expectations:

Kiindergarten & Grade 1: The student will

    4.1 Identify selected artworks from different cultures.

    4.1 Relate characteristics of specific artwork from different cultures.

 

 

Grade 2: The student will

 

4.1 Relate characteristics of specific artwork from different cultures.
4.2 Explain how history influenced art.
4.3 Explain how cultures influenced art.

 

Performance Indicators State

Standard 4.0 Historical and Cultural Relationships

Performance Indicators:

Kindergarten & Grade 1: The student is able to

Level 1 Discuss selected artworks from different cultures.

Level 2 Recognize selected artworks from different cultures.

 

Grade 2: The student is able to

Level 1 Identify characteristics of specific artwork from different cultures

Level 2 Discuss characteristics of specific artwork from different cultures.

 

Assessment

Students will share information about kente cloth and how it relates to the culture of Ghana. 

Students will create a representative piece of art work to display as an example of kente cloth.

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation


Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

 

 

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

 

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

 

b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

 

 

 

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.

1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.