Junkanoo Parade

Grades: 
6, 7, 8
Keywords & Concepts: 

The groups wear their headdresses and perform a Junkanoo-like parade first internally and then to entertain a group that needs cheering or to teach about cooperation and respect for cultural expressions.

Lesson Rating 
0
Duration 
PrintOne Fifty-Minute Session
Objectives 
  • participate in a Junkanoo-like parade and share knowledge of Junkanoo with others.
  • reflect on learning and service.
Materials 
  • finished headdresses from Lesson Two
  • noisemakers
  • parade route (determined in advance)
Home Connection 

Invite families to watch the parade or help make food for the event. Take pictures and write a story. Invite the press! This makes great publicity.

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Participants put on their headdresses and look at the work of the other groups. Put on music and have them perform with their headdresses. There may be a competition between teams. Present a variety of awards: most colorful, most original, largest, team leader, supporter, encourager.

  2. Conduct a parade, as elaborate or simple as you choose. Video the parade or take photographs of each group. Follow the recommendations under Experiential Component to share the learning with others.

  3. Discuss how the headdresses and parade can be used to entertain or teach others a concept they learned. Plan a service project that addresses a need, such as entertaining seniors at a retirement home or teaching another group of youth about cultures and the traits and benefits of effective group work. 

Assessment 

For an informal assessment, watch the video and discuss the entire experience. Discuss the class designs. How was art used to help create a celebratory atmosphere? How were different cultures represented in the unique designs? 

Cross Curriculum 

This parade should be shared with other classes in the school as an educational program or could be presented in a local retirement/nursing home. When presented as a program, the following additions could be used: a recitation of a poem by Eloise Greenfield sharing of food from the Bahamas student reports about the Bahamas a presentation about effective group work a display of the student charts from Lesson Two: Group Headdresses a speaker from the community talking about organizations that address human equality and the importance of respecting individual rights.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Provide a needed service.