Content/Language Goal: I will be able to write to create a story that contains a moral like an ancient griot.
Learning target: SS.07.712.03- Describe the foundation and development of key historical topics.
The griots of West Africa were the storytellers of the tribe. Their jobs was to make sure all people of the tribe learned the histories and lessons for that tribe. Since paper was not common in West Africa, the stories were passed down orally in the form of stories. These stories often had a moral, a lesson that teaches you something.
1. Have you ever played the game of telephone? You know where you start off with a phrase and pass it along with the goal being that the phrase ends up the same at the end of the pass. Watch the video below.
2. What happened? It didn't really go as planned right? Well like a lot of oral stories, they change the more they are passed along. There is the problem. These early oral histories of the ancient world are not always the more accurate but they do help us learn about the cultures. Griots in West Africa focused on creating stories with morals that would be memorable and stand the test of time.
3. So how do we pass on morals today? Do we have griot here in the United States. Below are two videos that show a modern form of story telling known as, slam poetry.
4. So as modern storytellers, we can really tell a story. It could be like the first video and retell a old story you heard from your grandmother as you were growing up. Or it can be like the second video and tall about race, religion and/or controversial topics.
5. Here is your chance!
Take this opportunity to be CREATIVE and really work on painting the reader a picture. Before you turn it in make sure you have a friend read it and give you some feedback.