Talking Drums: Reading and Writing with African American Stories, Spirituals, and Multimedia Resources

Libraries Unlimited, 2004 - 182 páginas

Through stories, spirituals, and recommended resource books, Finnen exposes students to the rich history and heritage of Africa and African Americans. Each chapter provides the teacher or librarian with beautifully told folktales that provide the basis for further exploration of the chapter's focus. This rich resource is ideal for language arts and social studies classes, and provides an invaluable source of information for public and school librarians. Topics include: African American Storytellers, Ancestral Africa, Atlantic Slave Trade, The Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Reconstruction, The Civil Rights Movement, Spiritual Heritage, Musical Legacy.


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Wanda Cobb Finnen (M. Ed Curriculum & Instruction, Reading Specialization, Tarleton State University, Spanish & English, Secondary Education, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) began her professional career in 1977 with Los Angeles Community Colleges Overseas on the Atsugi Naval Base and Camp Zama Army Base in Japan. Ms. Finnen has also taught for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools at Zama American High School at Camp Zama, Japan; Pikes Peak Community College at Fort Hood, Texas, and for the Killeen and Belton Independent School Districts in Central Texas. Wandas teaching assignments have included English as a second language, English language arts, foreign language, and reading at the adult education, high school, and middle school levels. Since 1989, Wanda has had the privilege of mentoring and training prospective, novice, and veteran teachers in new teacher orientations.

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