Over the course of the past week in class you have been assigned one of three African texts – either an epic, a memoir or a short story. With your classmates you had to not only read and understand the story, but also consider what it teaches you about African culture, literature and the experiences of Africans. Below you will find an overview of the assignment you will be working on, as well as links to the story, the reading questions, and the vocabulary needed for the story.

Click here for an excerpt from ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.

Click here for the reading questions over ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.

Working in your groups, be sure to completely the following analysis and be able to present your analysis to the class:

  1. Analyze the title of the text… what does it mean? large-window_sundiata-illustrationWhat does it symbolize? What does it tell you about the story?
  2. Define the epic, and explain why your story is a good example of an epic.
  3. Be able to summarize the text and walk your classmates through the plot.
  4. Explain what this text taught you about African culture, or literature.
  5. Have a visual aid that your classmates can use to gain additional information about your text.

Click here for the rubric on how your presentation will be graded.

Vocabulary from ‘The Epic of Sundiata’

  • Fathom
  • Taciturn
  • Affront
  • Innuendo
  • Estranged
  • Initiation
  • Soothsayer
  • Derisively
  • Efface

Missed some of the notes from class? No problem – Click here for the notes over your classmates’ presentation of ‘The Epic of Sundiata’.