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Kwanzaa (6-8)

Last changed: 08/16/2021 4:21pm
6 , 7 , 8
Theater Social Studies
Grade Level Program Access
1 90 min
In-School Performance Kwanzaa is a participatory cultural theater experience. It is intended for an entire grade level to experience together.
All year In-School,
$10 0
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Musical instruments, drums, symbols, bells, wall hangings, cloth, Kwanzaa symbolic elements, Zawadi’s(gifts), props, fruit, juice
tables, chairs, Copies
Space large enough to seat an entire grade level.
I can understand the meaning behind the rich cultural tradition of Kwanzaa including its 7 Principles.

I can feel greater self confidence knowing more about African American culture.

I can express more respect for other’s and their different celebrations.
All about Kwanzaa is a story theatre presentation that invites the audience to not only view but experience how this African American cultural tradition is celebrated in more than 30 million homes around the world. The Doll E Daze presenters dressed in authentic African attire will transform the auditorium or classroom into the Karmau (feast night event). This non religious cultural event is celebrated December 26 – January 1 . It reaffirms one’s commitment to their family, community and culture. A “feel good” celebration, it allows one to check in on the progress they have made based on the seven principles.

Kwanzaa was established in 1966 by Dr Mulauna (Ron) Karenga during the height of the civil rights movement. Based on his observations he concluded that the African American community needed to celebrate and reaffirm their bond as a people and to establish a value system that strengthened their belief in their families, community and culture. Based on his research, the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) were created. During the presentation every element of the tradition will be shared with the audience, the lighting of the Mishumaa Saba(candles), reflections of our first Kwanzaa(1968), the libation, celebration, creation of the Tree of life and passing of the zawadi’s(gifts).

In our story theatre presentation, audience participation is key and taught in a lively call and response pattern usually found in many African American genre of music. Students are taught new vocabulary words and symbolic elements are introduced Students will be given instruments to play, participate in dance routines, sing songs and assist with creating affirmations. The audience will discover why this rich tradition is celebrated around the world.
Caregivers are always welcome to participate in our programs as audience members and to assist with passing out supplies and encouraging student participation.

Grade 6

Grade 6: Economics: Economic Decision-Making: ECO 6-7.1: Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses and society.

Grade 6: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

A. Describe and record personal reactions to artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.

Grade 6: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

B. Identify cultural perspectives that may influence the evaluation of a drama/theatre work.

Grade 7

Grade 7: Economics: Economic Decision-Making: ECO 6-7.1: Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses and society.

Grade 7: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

A. Compare recorded personal and peer reactions to artistic choices in a drama/ theatre work.

Grade 7: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

B. Describe how cultural perspectives can influence the evaluation of drama/theatre work.

Grade 8

Grade 8: CIV 8.4 :Compare historical and contemporary means of changing societies, and promoting the common good.
Grade 8: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. C. Interpret how the use of personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs can be used to discuss drama/theatre work.

Grade 8: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

B. Describe how cultural perspectives can influence the evaluation of drama/theatre work.