2003-02-22 / Community

P.S. 197 Celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday

P.S. 197 Celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday

P.S. 197’s Class 2-213 recognized Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday by reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler. They discussed how Dr. King was a famous African-American who had a dream for all people. They discussed what it means to be an African-American, and Dr. King’s dream. The students wrote about how if they were Dr. King what would be their dream.

The students read and listened to a folktale "Abiyoyo," Pete Seeger’s story sung on CD, and they sang along with the music. "Abiyoyo" is a South African song that tells about a town terrorized by a giant named Abiyoyo.

The students located South Africa on the map, and they listened to information about Nigeria. They created a mask of Abiyoyo and discussed how masks are a very important element in many cultures, and each has its own purpose. Some are ornaments, while others are used in religious cermonies or elaborate rituals.

One of the parents is a native of Nigeria. She shared information about Nigerian culture, wearing traditional garment, sing-ing, dancing and food tasting. Her daughter was also wearing traditional garment as well. At the end of the lesson she invited the students to wear their masks and dance to African movements.

The lesson continues thr-ough February. The stud-ents listened to information about several famous African-Americans. Students chose one of the famous African-Americans and wrote an essay.

Teacher Mrs. McNeil, en-courages her students to be "successful learners every day," which is P.S. 197Q motto!

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