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West African Villages and Families

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COURTNEY CONNELLY

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of West African Villages and Families

What are Extended Families? As the climate of West Africa changed and became dryer, people began living closer together
They formed villages
At the center of village life was the family What role did loyalty play in Village life? West African society expected each person to be loyal to his, or her, extended family How did norms, or conventions, help villages? Loyalty helped the people of a village work together.
Everyone had specific duties Small Group Discussion West African Family Life What do you think of when you hear the term extended family?
West African extended Families usually included the father, mother, children and close relatives Age Sects
In some areas, people also had to show loyalty to their age-sect
An Age sect was determined by age. Men and women who were born in the same two or three years were part of the same age sect Men
hunted
farmed (grew grains and raised sheep and goats)
Women
farmed
collected water and firewood
cared for children Elders
taught traditions to younger generations
used song, dance and stories to pass on communities history and values
taught children the importance of hard work Do you think it would’ve mattered if women had done the men’s job, or vice versa? How come? ROLES
Student 1- read the question out loud.

Student 2- answer the question.

Student 3- agree/disagree, question and/or elaborate on Student 2’s comments.

Student 4- summarize what was said.

*Rotate responsibilities after each question is asked. What if there weren’t any conventions or norms about who did what? What affect might that have had on villages and families? What were the purposes of West African families and villages having very clear roles within their communities? Would it be OK if a person didn’t uphold their duties? Why/why not? What are some of the social conventions in your household? What duties do you have at home? What duties do the adults in your household have? Would it matter if your family did not have any conventions about who does what? How would that affect your family? How come? What would happen if you, or an adult who you live with, didn’t uphold your duties? How would this affect other people in your family? Why? Do Now: Silent and Individual

Answer the following question on a piece of binder paper:
What are the roles and responsibilities within your family? What would happen if the roles were switched between people? Would it matter who did what? Why or why not?
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