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Exploring African Tribal Masks

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Author:Joe Rist
Organization:Holy Spirit Regional School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 13458


Exploring African Tribal Masks


This lesson allows students to learn about a very important aspect of African culture. It features the use of technology for research and also hands-on experience in creating an African Mask. The lesson can be used as a part of a study of the history and development of African countries.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (6-8)
5. Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures
spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets
databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers
presentation software—slideshow
TC2 (6-8)
6. Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.
Examples: spreadsheet for budgets, word processing software for essays, probes for data collection
SS2010 (8) World History to 1500
2. Analyze characteristics of early civilizations in respect to technology, division of labor, government, calendar, and writings.
  • Comparing significant features of civilizations that developed in the Tigris-Euphrates, Nile, Indus, and Huang He River Valleys
  • Examples: natural environment, urban development, social hierarchy, written language, ethical and religious belief systems, government and military institutions, economic systems
  • Identifying on a map locations of cultural hearths of early civilizations
  • Examples: Mesopotamia, Nile River Valley
    SS2010 (8) World History to 1500
    11. Describe early Islamic civilizations, including the development of religious, social, and political systems.
  • Tracing the spread of Islamic ideas through invasion and conquest throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and western Europe
  • SS2010 (8) World History to 1500
    13. Compare the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai to include geography, religions, slave trade, economic systems, empires, and cultures.
  • Tracing the spread of language, religion, and customs from one African civilization to another
  • Illustrating the impact of trade among Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
  • Examples: using map symbols, interpreting distribution maps, creating a timeline

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will analyze African tribal masks and their many uses. Students will research an African tribal mask and be able to identify the way in which it is used as a part of an African's daily life.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Poster board, construction paper, paint, glue, markers, scissors, copies of handouts for each student (see attached)

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access, word processing software, printer


    This WebQuest and project can be used with minimal background information. A general understanding of the geography of Africa would be useful when students identify the different tribal groups while researching their masks.

    1.)Introduce the lesson by having students complete the Tribal Mask WebQuest (see attached handout).

    2.)Discuss the WebQuest and the information students learned about tribal masks.

    3.)Introduce the African Mask Project (see attached handout) and review criteria and attached grading rubric.

    4.)Students will present and describe the information that they learned about their masks. Students can create a gallery for the masks and descriptions to be displayed in the school's media center or other public viewing location.

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    Assessment Strategies

    African Tribal Mask WebQuest will be graded for completion and accuracy of answers. Creation of mask and paragraph will be assessed using a rubric (see attached).





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