Social Studies- Family Story

Hello Gnome families,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a well deserved break. I can’t wait to hear about all the fun things you guys were up to this month. I know that there are a few days left of track-out for you all to enjoy, but I wanted to send out a quick reminder of an assignment that is going to be due next Monday April 23rd.

We are currently studying ancient African kingdoms and one of the main cultural similarities for west African people was the tradition of storytelling to pass along traditions, history, and culture to younger generations. The person in each village who was the storyteller was called a Griot and held a very important and honored roll. The assignment for the students is to interview a family member that they would consider a Griot- StoryTeller (mother, father, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, etc.) The students should ask them to tell a family story, the oldest and most passed down if possible.

This is one of my favorite assignments throughout the year; I love reading the stories that are shared but I also love knowing that the children are learning about their own families as well. My main rule is that the students should learn about a family story that takes place before they were born, it should not be about them. Examples of stories from previous years have been funny situations that parents and grandparents had during their childhood, or how grandparents began dating, military service, immigration stories, and even stories of family ancestry .

The assignment is posted on the Google classroom. Students should type and then submit them back on the Google Classroom.

Here is a copy of the assignment: Griot Story Assignment