Rootstown Second Graders Explore African Storytelling

The Rootstown second graders are continuing their study of African Folktales and this morning had the opportunity to visit with Kent State faculty member Dr. D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, Assistant Professor of Pan-African Theatre. Dr. Forbes-Erickson is the Director of the African Community Theatre and also established the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble for which she serves as the Artistic Director. The second graders loved learning more about African Storytelling and in particular, Anansi, an African spider-like folk-tale character considered to be the spirit of all knowledge within his stories and a very important character in the folk tales of West Africa and the Caribbean Islands.

Back in the AT&T Classroom, the second graders are working on an Anansi writing project using Buncee EDU. The Buncee EDU platform offers an interactive digital canvas with thematic background templates for creating multimedia projects such as digital stories, books, cartoons/comics, presentations, pamphlets, posters, etc. Students are able to customize the templates by adding animations, pictures, text, drawings, and videos. The Buncee EDU platform also offers an extensive gallery of searchable media that students can add to their projects and students also have the option to import external media from their computers or other websites.