CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARD(S)- SOCIAL SCIENCE- 7.4.1 Study... the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires. 7.4. 5 Describe the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
Activity: Sundiata, the Lion King
Whether Disney adapted The Lion King from the Sundiata Keita is still up for debate but their similarities are undeniable. My students were so excited over the connections between the two stories that I just had to create a Disney themed storyboard activity to wrap up the story.
1. Read the Sundiata Keita as a class. If you are working with struggling readers, use the TL;DR version of the Sundiata Keita. Otherwise, it's probably better to use the original text.
2. Distribute instructions, storyboard frames, and Disney character cutouts and go over student expectations
3. Discussion: as a class, discuss the similarities between Disney's The Lion King and the Sundiata Keita
4. Independent Work: students color and complete storyboard. It helps to have a copy of the TL;DR for reference.
5. Wrap up: Watch The Lion King! It's totally standards-based learning if your principal asks.
This activity includes the following resources:
Adapted from Alia Klein,"Sundiata". September 2007. Activity.