Lesson Plan Title : A Story for Kwanzaa

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: Sometimes understanding abstract ideas can be difficult for students. In this writing activity, students write a story demonstrating their understanding of one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Objective: The student will be able to write a story about one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.


Information about the seven principles of Kwanzaa


Discuss with your students the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith). Have the students work with a partner to come up with examples as you discuss each one. When you believe that they understand them, have each student choose one of the principles and write a story that demonstrates their understanding of it. When all the students are finished, allow them to share their stories with each other.

Wrap Up:

Students could also do this activity by finding newspaper articles that demonstrate each principle. Also, you can challenge the students to demonstrate all seven principles in the classroom.