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What it is: Gullah Net is a site that was designed to introduce students to the Gullah culture and language.”Located on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia are communities of people who are the descendants of enslaved Africans. They have a unique culture that is directly linked to West Africa. In South Carolina, this group of African-Americans and the language they speak are referred to as Gullah (Gul-luh). In Georgia, they are called Geechee (Gee-chee). Native Islanders is another term that refers to the Gullah and Geechee people. Many historians believe that the word “Gullah” comes from Angola, a West African country from which many of the slaves came. Another idea is that “Gullah” is from the Gola, a tribe found near the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although the exact origin of the word is not known, most historians agree that the Gullah people and their language have African roots.”
In addition to a history of Gullah, students can listen to and read along folktale stories read by Auntie Pearlie Sue. These are fun little stories with a great message. Gullah music introduces students to the evolution of African music in America. The site is set to have a Gullah cooking section soon.
How to integrate Gullah Net into the classroom: Gullah Net is an excellent place for students to learn about other cultures within the United States. The read along folktales are excellent and would be a good place for students to practice reading skills. Gullah music would be a nice tie in for Black History month (in fact the entire site would be great for this). Gullah Net has some great teacher resources and lessons to use in your classroom. My favorite section on Gullah Net is Gullah Tales, these are colorful, fun stories that will keep your students engaged in reading!
Tips: Gullah Net has field trip resources for those of you in South Carolina.
Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Gullah Net in your classroom.