African Dance Lesson Plan: Dance In Our Community
From P.S. 156, The Waverly School of the Arts, African strand
Objective: Children will compare and contrast dance in African communities
to dance in the communities in which they live.
Aim: How is African dance different from and similar to dance in our
Motivation: Explain that oral traditions such as poetry often are
passed down from generation to generation. Steps:
- Tell children that the poem you are going to read to them is called
- Explain that it is written by a famous African-American writer
names Langston Hughes.
- Read the poem to the children.
- Discuss: What is the dream of the child in the poem? (To dance.)
Procedure: Explain that the tradition of dance often is passed down
from generation to generation. Steps:
- Brainstorm the word dance with the class.
- Tell the children that dance has played a major role in daily
life in Africa.
- Hand out a list of facts pertaining to African
- Choose volunteers to read the fact sheet on African dance.
- After reading the sheet with the children, tell them that the
class is going to divide into groups and learn more about dance.
Group work: Divide the class into four groups. Steps:
- One group will compare African dance to dance in their community,
using a Venn diagram.
- Another group will think of verbs that describe African dance.
- The third group will think of verbs that describe dance in their
- The fourth group will write about how they feel when they are
dancing, using scanned pictures of themselves.