African Legends, Myths, and Folktales for Readers Theatre by Anthony D. Fredericks


African Legends, Myths, and Folktales for Readers Theatre by Anthony D. Fredericks

Teachers are continually looking for materials that will enhance their studies of cultures around the world. With this new book, author, Tony Fredericks and illustrator, Bongaman, present readers theatre scripts based on traditional African folklore. Plays are organized by area and identified by country. Included are tales from Algeria to Zambia and all areas in between. This title contains background information for teachers on each African country included as well as instruction and presentation suggestions. The rationale and role of readers theatre in literacy instruction is discussed and additional resources for extending studies of African folklore are included. Grades 4-8.


Designed for older elementary and middle school classes, this volume contains 22 scripts, adaptations of African folktales, that students can read alound. Although most of the tales cross national borders, as do the language and cultural groups from which they arise, Fredericks assigns them by country and provides a source note for each adaptation in an appendix. The book begins with an introduction to readers theatre and how it contributes across the curriculum, suggestions for staging and follow-up activities, and a brief (two-paragraph) overview of each country from which a tale originates. ...The book concludes with an annotated list of resources and an index. - MultiCultural Review A valuable volume for teachers working with students in grades 4-8. - School Library Journal Bottom line: An excellent addition to the multicultural shelves that will easily earn its keep. - Teacher Librarian With more than thirty-seven years of experience as a classroom teacher, administrator, professional storyteller, and college professor, Fredericks has a sophisticated understanding of ways to integrate folklore into classroom instruction. Rather than simply offering texts and suggesting that adults may try reading the stories to children to spark students

's theater to use folklore to ignite an interest in verbal arts. The book is an adaptation of stories documented by folklorists, anthropologists, and other collectors. Fredericks reworked them into short scripts that can be acted out in the classroom or library. The approach shifts the focus away from text into performance, and Fredericks'

's bibliography and webography include fine resources for adding to the study of folklore and African culture. Some may quibble with the idea that this book is an adaptation of traditional folktales, but that's exactly the point. Fredericks regards folklore as a living and vibrant form of expression, and he and his collaborator--a Cameroon artist named Bongaman--share the idea that adapting the stories to American audiences enhances, rather than distorts, the verbal artistry that they are presenting. - Journal of Folklore Research'

About the Author

Anthony D. Fredericks has written many books for Teacher Ideas Press. He is Professor of Education, York College, York, Pennsylvania, and the author of more than 50 teacher resource books as well as 20 award-winning children's books. Bongaman

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192 pages


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Publication date

30th April 2008



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