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Kwanzaa (PK-5)

Last changed: 08/16/2021 4:21pm
PK , K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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 use the Swahili vocabulary of Kwanzaa. I can express more respect for other’s and their different celebrations. I can take part in conversations around cultural diversity.
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 PK

PK: Economics: Economic Decision Making: ECO 1.2 Identify the benefits and costs of making various personal decisions
Grade PK: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

A. With prompting and support, identify stories that are similar to one another in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade PK: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

B. With prompting and support, tell a short story in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

With prompting "I can share portions of the Kwanzaa story to my family & peers".

Grade K

K: Economics: Economic Decision Making: ECO 1.2 Identify the benefits and costs of making various personal decisions


Grade K: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

A. With prompting and support, identify stories that are different from one another in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade K: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

B. With prompting and support, tell a short story in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 1

Grade 1: Economics: Economic Decision Making: ECO 1.2 Identify the benefits and costs of making various personal decisions
Grade 1: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

A. Identify similarities and differences in stories from one’s own community in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 1: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

B. Collaborate on the creation of a short scene based on a fictional literary source in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 2

Grade 2: Economics: Economic Decision Making: ECO 2.2 Identify the benefits and costs of making various personal decisions.

Grade 2: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

A. Identify similarities and differences in stories from multiple cultures in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Grade 2: Theatre: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

B. Collaborate on the creation of a short scene based on a non-fiction literary source in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 3

Grade 3: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions , and Culture: GEO 4.2 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environment.


Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

A. Understand why artistic choices are made in a drama/theatre work.
Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

A. Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions, and Culture: GEO 4.2 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments.


Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

A. Identify artistic choices made in a drama/theatre work through participation and observation.

Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

A. Compare and contrast multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions, and Culture: GEO 5.2 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments.



Grade 5: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

A. Explain personal reactions to artistic choices made in a drama/theatre work through participation and observation.

Grade 5: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

B. Explain responses to characters based on cultural perspectives when participating in or observing drama/theatre work.