You're viewing your - 1st of 3 free Items

View 2 more resources at no cost, and then subscribe for full access.

Join TeacherVision for just $6.99 USD a month and get instant access to all our great resources! Free 7-Day Trial

The Village That Vanished

Use a teaching guide that includes discussion ideas and activities for use with The Village That Vanished.
Grades:
1 |
2 |
3 |
4 |
5
Add New Folder
OR
Available Folders
No Folder Available.
Cancel

The Village That Vanished

by Ann Grifalconi

Discussion and Activities

For pre-reading ideas and background information on multiculturalism, see Around the World in 80 Books: A Multicultural Guide.

For nearly four centuries, millions of African men, women, and children were savagely torn from their homeland and sold as slaves. As Abikanile and the Yao villagers discover, the slave trade was so lucrative to Europeans that Africans could be hired to war with other tribes and/or kidnap other Africans to sell for food, merchandise, and weapons.

Using a map, illustrate "The Triangle Trade," showing how ships would come from England, stop on the coast of West Africa - where the Yao people live in the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia, and then proceed to the United States, where they would sell the Africans for goods before returning to England.

Discuss with students their feelings about the imminent attack of Abikanile's village by African slavers. Drawing on this book and other books, like Walter Dean Myers' Amistad, and movies such as Roots, which describe aspects of the slave experience, have students imagine they were one of the children taken from their village homes by slavers and herded onto ships to be sold as slaves. In a journal entry, have them describe their feelings and experiences on the ships bringing them to the New World.

When Abikanile's village is threatened, the members of this Yao tribe must decide how they will protect themselves. Decisions to retreat into the woods, to have Chimwala stay behind, and to take apart and bury each hut, as suggested by Njemile, are each agreed to unanimously and carried out communally by all families. Ask students to describe how and by whom decisions are made in their communities, and how these systems of local government differ from that in Abikanile's tribal community. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Which type of governing system would they prefer to live under? Why?

Penguin Young Readers Group

Brought to you by Penguin Young Readers Group.


The Penguin Group is the second-largest English-language trade book publisher in the world. The company possesses perhaps the world's most prestigious list of best-selling authors and a backlist of unparalleled breadth, depth, and quality. Penguin Young Readers Group features books by authors and illustrators including Judy Blume, Brian Jacques, Eric Carle, and beloved characters like Winnie-the-Pooh, Madeline, The Little Engine that Could, and many, many more.

Join TeacherVision today

Membership starts at only $6.99/month, with full access to all our teaching resources.

Start my 7-day free trial
Start my 7-day free trial