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Griot's Corner

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Griot’s Corner is a program tailored for K –through 3rd Grade students that uses storytellers and children activities to highlight freedom, acceptance, multiculturalism and citizenship. The “Griot” (ɡrēˈō,ˈɡrēō) is a West African storyteller, historian and/or musician. The griot’s role was to preserve the genealogies and oral traditions of the respective tribe. Griot’s Corner uses the spirit of storytelling to promote literacy and to help young students build strong character traits. This series is especially designed to engage young learners with interactive activities that include reading, creative dramatics, art and music.

This program will:

  • Improve student literacy skills through the introduction of books and stories written and illustrated by diverse authors and illustrators.
  • Give children the opportunity to see themselves represented in literature.
  • Help foster children’s understanding of other cultures and people help students develop empathy by increasing their understanding of similarities and differences of people.
  • Encourage students to enjoy reading and to become life-long learners.

Lead teachers attending the program will receive a copy of the book for their school / daycare libraries. The program starts March 1, 2018 and continues every Thursday through May 31, 2018, at 10 am in Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park under the Big Oak Tree. Cost for the program is $2 per person and registration is required. Homeschool associations are encouraged to attend. The Mitchelville Preservation Project will assist schools with funding for transportation to the Park.

For more information call us at 843-255-7301

Featured books:

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeannette Winter, 1988

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeannette Winter, 1988

Colorful pictures based on American folk tradition complement a text that weaves history and song to describe how runaway slaves used song to guide them to the Ohio River and the Underground Railroad.

No Mirrors in my Nana’s House by Ysaye M. Barnwell, 1998

No Mirrors in my Nana’s House by Ysaye M. Barnwell, 1998

A little girl discovers the beauty in herself--and the beauty of the world around her--not by looking in the mirror, but by looking in her Nana's eyes.

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott, 1973

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott, 1973

In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion.

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