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African American Stories: "Cornrows" and Doll Braiding Activity

Students will hear the award winning story "Cornrows". This book tells the story of the African ties in hair braiding, as siblings get cornrows. After the story, students will attempt to create cornrows on their favorite doll or themselves.
Alycia Wright, M.Ed
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Students will learn why the braiding style is called cornrows.
Students will learn the names of various styles in Yoruba and English.
Students will understand that braided styles can be found all across Africa and the African Diaspora.
Students will learn how braided styles can be a form of resistance, strength and pride.
I have been braiding my hair and my childrens hair for years, as part of the African/ African-American tradition. 
Students will need something to practice creating a cornrow on. They can also use their own hair if a larger doll is not available.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Completion of a single cornrow. 
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Younger children may need assistance, depending on fine motor  and visual spatial skills.


Alycia Wright, M.EdAlycia Wright, M.Ed
1502 total reviews
600 completed classes

About Me

I am an experienced and licensed educator of over ten years. My expertise is in reading, comprehension and phonetic training. I have certifications in Exceptional Education, Gifted Education and Instructional Technology.  I enjoy teaching many... 
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