Middle School Kwanzaa Lesson

Use this middle school Kwanzaa lesson to help your students learn more about the important cultural celebration.

Are you looking for a middle school Kwanzaa lesson?  This non-fiction Kwanzaa lesson will help your middle school students learn about this celebration. 

Background Information

Kwanzaa is an important annual celebration that celebrates and affirms African culture, family, and heritage.  Its name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits of the harvest” or “first fruits”. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days from December 26 to January 1. 

It is an important time of year for those who celebrate Kwanzaa as they take time to reflect on the seven principles of Kwanzaaknown as Nguzo Saba.  

Middle School Kwanzaa Lesson Suggestions

Finding engaging middle school lesson plans about this topic can be very difficult, meaning that many of our students might not be familiar with this holiday. You can help your students develop an understanding of this seven-day festival by reading non-fiction texts. Helping students to build background knowledge and understanding of world cultures is an important goal no matter what religion your students follow. 

I use the Article of the Week format to help my students build their background knowledge.  To help with this knowledge building, you can use this middle school Kwanzaa lesson plan that is focused on a nonfiction article.  In it, students will learn what Kwanzaa is as well as this important celebration’s history and traditions.

  1. First have students work on a K-W-L chart to demonstrate then knowledge of this topic.
  2. Then have students learn some background information about this holiday by watching these videos – What Is Kwanzaa and How Is It Celebrated? and Kwanzaa is an African-inspired holiday | CBC Kids News.
  3. After the videos have students read a non-fiction article about Kwanzaa.
  4. It is important to have them reflect on their learning with comprehension questions and a journal entry.
  5. Have a class discussion about the new learning that has occurred while students complete the final column of their K-W-L chart.

Middle School Kwanzaa Lesson

Help students learn about this important cultural celebration with this middle school Kwanzaa lesson.

This Kwanzaa non-fiction article resource contains 1 non-fiction article and 3 post-reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep, and cross-curricular learning. Find this resource on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

Resource Includes

  • Teacher lesson plan
  • Pre-reading K-W-L chart
  • 1 Non-fiction article (regular and modified versions)
  • An audio file (mp3) of each article (regular and modified versions)
  • 3 Post-reading activities: comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response
  • Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom
  • Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 school

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