Teacher's Guide

August 28, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - Contrast of Worlds: My Most Difficult Stage of the Odyssey Journey
Kid's Version Available

Abeja relates her experience in Mopti, Mali, including family life, food and eating customs, school, poverty and religion. She addresses the various groups within Mali: Tuarag, Fulani, Bambara, and Dogon, as well as the two main religions: animism and Muslim.

Have students compare 5 ways that life in Mopti, Mali differs with their town (school, household, clothing, religion etc.) Have them put together a list and discuss why they think these difference exist.

Jasmine - Timbuktu or Bust!
Kid's version available

Jasmine, Abeja and Kevin's travel to Timbuktu and stumble into many obstacles along the way. Will they make it?

This is really just a fun read and an FYI on how even the best plans can fall apart in this kind of challenging travel that the trekkers are doing. Have younger students create some illustrations based on the pictures here and the Team's descriptions.

Monica - In the Thick of Djenne-Djeno

Monica visits the ruins of Djenne Djeno, a 2,250 year old settlement and learns its history and legends.

Are there any legends that exist around your students' town or region? Have them invent one around something the town of region is famous for, whether it be a specific plant or crop or animal or physical feature or weather, etc.

Monica - Myths and History from Outside the Mosque

Monica admires the mosque from afar, while her friend, Alliye, tells her about a child's education in Djenne and some of the myths of the town

See the suggestion for Monica's dispatch on Djenne.

Monica - Djenne, Village of Mud

Monica describes the location, condition and gives a brief history of Djenne, a city built of mud.

What are some of the advantages of living in buildings of different materials? Why would mud be a good material for a building in Mali, even if it might seem fragile? Make sure students think about comfort and temperature, as well as aesthetics and cost. What are some of the materials used by people local to the students' communities? Which do students prefer? What are the best-looking to them, which are the most cost-effective, and which are the most energy-efficient?

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