Kuba Bwoom Mask

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African mask

Kuba Bwoom Mask
Kuba peoples, Zaire, undated
Wood, beads, copper alloy, cowry shells, textile and animal hair, 30 inches high
Museum Collection 1993.138
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steinman
 

Subject

Language Arts

Grade Range

K-12

Skill

Adjectives

Motivation

Museum trip

Materials

Index cards

About the Artist

Kuba People, unknown artist.

Learning Goal

To use adjectives to describe the characteristics of the Kuba Bwoom Mask.

I Can Statement

I can use adjectives to describe the Kuba Bwoom Mask.

Vocabulary

 Adjective, noun, mood, texture, category 

Procedure

  • Define adjectives: an adjective is a word that describes a noun.
  • Review nouns: nouns are people, places or things.
  • Give a few examples of adjectives and elicit a few more from the class.
  • Introduce/review and discuss the vocabulary.
  • Record the elicited adjectives on index cards for the following categories: 
  1. texture (smooth, rough, thick, soft or hard).
  2. facial features (expression, details, etc.).
  3. moods evoked by the mask (happy, sad, serious, angry, calm or none at all.).
  4. shapes (rectangles, diamonds, ovals).
  5. lines (straight, curvy or diagonal). 
  6. energy or movement (intensity, direction, etc.).
  7. setting; where or when the mask was used (ceremony, celebration, war, coronation).
  8. colors (earthy, natural, dull, bright).
  • Have the students classify the adjectives on the index cards into categories.

Summary

 Have the pupils write a brief description of the mask.

Assessment

Choose five adjectives and write a sentence for each describing a family member.

Florida Standards

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades K-5

  • Vocabulary: VA.1.C.3.1 / VA.2.C.3.1 / VA.3.C.3.1 / VA.4.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: 
  • VA.1.S.1.4 / VA.2.S.1.4 / VA.3.S.1.4 / VA.4.S.1.4 / VA.5.S.1.4
  • Adjectives: LAFS.K1.L.3.5 / LAFS.2.L.3.6 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1
  • Nouns: LAFS.K.L.1.1 / LAFS.1.L.1.1 / LAFS.2.L.1.1 / LAFS.3.L.1.1 / LAFS.4.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 6-8

  • Vocabulary: VA.68.C.3.1
  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.68.S.1.4
  • Nouns: LAFS.68.L.1.1

Florida Language Arts Standards Grades 9-12

  • Use Accurate Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas about Art: VA.912.S.1.4
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