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Color slides accompany this unit and are an integral part of how I plan to teach students to observe and understand Ashanti culture, particularly Ashanti standards of beauty. The unit encourages student involvement in the artistic process, although a background in art is not a requirement since the unit takes the student through a step-by-step process of discovery. The unit is full of history, to involve the students in the experience of what Ashanti really means through adolescent eyes. Naming rituals, roles played by family members, adolescent ceremonies and marriage customs, all are included with an aim to help the student come to grips with the growing-up process in another culture. A two-day lesson on Ashanti proverbs should challenge students to evaluate their own values pertaining to family life, religion, honesty and friendship.
Additional visual and written resources are available from the author at the Co-operative High School.
(Recommended for African American History, grade 12, and World History, grades 9 and 10)
Adolescence American Drug Abuse Art Africa Family Life Afro-Americans African West