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Kickoff to Kwanzaa - Learning Culture and History Through Craft and Music

In this one-time class, students will learn the history and principles of Kwanzaa and participate in a craft.
Sherri Mehta, Ph.D.
66 total reviews for this teacher
15 reviews for this class
Completed by 52 learners
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Meets once
30 minute class
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Class Experience

Students will learn the following in this class:

*the connection to African and African American culture and celebration
*the seven principles of Kwanzaa
*ways to incorporate and celebrate Kwanzaa
*how the first Kwanzaa holiday was celebrated

Through the craft, students will also learn about the kinara and the order of lighting Kwanzaa candles.
I have celebrated Kwanzaa with my family since the 90s. I have helped curate Kwanzaa celebrations in Virginia and performed at various celebrations. As a person of African American descent and an African American literary and historical scholar, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this subject.
A copy of the craft sheet will be provided prior to class. Learners should cut out all parts prior to class and bring with them a glue stick to "light" the candles. Learners will also need a piece of construction paper on which to glue their kinara. All learners will also receive a handout with the seven principles outlined for reference during and after the class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will reference “Lol Rabbit’s First Kwanzaa.” 


Sherri Mehta, Ph.D.
Lives in the United States
Former High School English Teacher and College Lecturer
66 total reviews
47 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  My name is Sherri Mehta, but my students affectionately call me Dr. M.  I am a Maryland-based researcher, presenter, homeschooling mom, and wife with over twenty years of English teaching experience .  I hold both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in... 
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