Final Project

For this portion, students must pull all they have learned about the folktale traditions from Africa together. To do this, each student (or small groups of students if you prefer) writes a folktale of one to two pages typewritten that explains some part of nature and that contains at least one moral.

The tales may be as serious or as funny as the students choose but they must be set in Cameroon to show what they learned about that country. The best ones are published in the school newspaper and put on display in the computer lab for others to read at leisure.

If time allows after the writing, editing, and grading processes, then volunteers share with the class.

In giving this assignment I lead a full class review of the components of a folktale and then share my rubric* so the students know what I expect to see. It is also helpful to require students to turn in their brainstorming that outlines the plot and moral so they are sure to treat those two things clearly.

*Length                                                   1    2    3    4    5

Grammar (no run-ons, fragments)               1    2    3    4    5

Moral (clearly shown)                                 1    2    3    4    5

How/Why story (explains a natural event)     1    2    3    4    5

Setting (obviously in Cameroon, Africa)        1    2     3    4    5

Bonus (illustrations, extra length...)              1    2    3    4    5