Objective: The First Kings of Mali GRIOTS - In this chapter, it is revealed that Djeli Mamoudou Kouyaty is a griot, and it is his responsibility to pass on the oral history of the first kings of Mali. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the role of griots in African culture, and to discuss the effects oral storytelling has on its tale.
1) 1.) Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students to research the role griots have in African culture. Is the role of a griot still utilized in African villages? Why is the role of a griot important? Have each group give a five minute presentation of their findings.
2.) As a class, compare / contrast stories that are told orally and stories that are written down. What is the same about these stories? What is different? Is there anything unexpected / surprising in this comparison...
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