In all of our lives we each
have someone that we look up to so much. Sometimes it's our parents,
grandparents, or friends.
There are also times in our lives when we don't like what the future brings.
This is the legend of Mentu's grandmother Twi. She was a very strong
lady who decided to change the lives of the enslaved Ibo people who just
arrived in the United States. Find out why this legend has been passed
down from generation to generation by reading "In the Time of the Drums"
by Kim L. Siegelson. (Karen Womack, graduate student,
Ask students if their grandparents
or parents have told them stories that have been passed down through their
family. Get a few to relate their stories. Afterwards, ask
if family stories are important or not? Is so, why? If not,
why? Tell them a little history about oral tradition. Introduce
this story and tell children that it is a family story handed down and
how it enriches families' lives and fabric of history. ("Naomi Bates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>)