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African storytelling demonstrated by a griot "LIVE" from Africa

from Oiada International

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Griots are storytellers in western Africa who perpetuate the tradition and history of their people orally. It is a creative way of teaching students about their history and the history of the world around them. While hearing stories from a "LIVE" griot in Africa, the students will learn how these storytellers incorporate music, dance, etc. to make their stories more entertaining. In this session, students will not only be entertained by an African griot storyteller but will be encouraged and asked to write and recite a story about their family, their personal history and their life story. Remember, history happens every day.

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Multipoint: $125.00
Multipoint Premium: $125.00
View Only: 125.00
View Only Premium: $100.00
Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $100.00
By Request: $125.00
By Request Premium: $100.00


45-1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons Content Providers: Content Providers

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Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Career Education, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Standards, Leadership, Collaboration

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Oiada International

Elizabeth, NJ
United States

O’ia-da International Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Since 1997, Oiada has been dedicated to providing educational programs and services that empower students to become global citizens. O’ia-da’s latest project is the Akoma Ntoso Cultural Centers (ANCC). The ANCC is currently connecting students in the U.S. and Africa by utilizing our 21st century telepresence educational centers. The primary goal of the ANCC is to increase student test scores, decrease drop-out rates and to reduce the achievement gap of schools. We utilize state of the art videoconferencing technology to connect students with students in Africa. Through “LIVE” face to face educational and cultural exchanges, students become excited about learning. Our telepresence centers bring the classroom to life for the students while at the same time serving to increase their language arts, writing, public speaking, presentation, research, foreign language and critical thinking skills.

Darryl Batts

Program Details


Griot's story
Question and Answers
Instructions to students on creating their own story


Creative expression, written and oral communication skills will be enhanced through this experience.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Geography Standard 10:
The Characteristics, Distribution, and Complexity of Earth’s Cultural Mosaics.

History Standard 1: Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.

Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.


Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.


Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.


Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).