Kwanzaa: Unity Within Community

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? 


Photo Credit:  The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa by soulchristmas is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The unit gives an overview of Kwanzaa and teaches the seven principles of Kwanzaa - one per day. Students learn vocabulary and are challenged to apply the principles to their everyday lives in a way that enhances the communities to which they belong. They demonstrate their understanding through the arts and relate it to some aspect of their own lives. This may be adapted for any grade level by selecting the parts of the lessons that are age appropriate. 

Service Experience 
Starting on Day One of Lesson Three: Habari Gani: The Last Four Principles, students choose to help a local food bank or organization that feeds the poor in the community. The students make a plan for helping and carry out their plan. Optional Culmination: Display the seven principles of Kwanzaa along with explanations and examples on a school bulletin board. The goal of the bulletin board would be to encourage the other school community members to apply the principles. Hold a Karamu feast and invite another class, parents or senior citizens. At the feast, students will demonstrate their projects and music, and teach what they have learned.
Lessons in This Unit