African Masks in 7th Grade

Written by Ashley Olson, 7th Grade  

In seventh grade, students make African masks when they learn about ancient Africa. We made these masks to show our stories and our personalities. In Africa, they made masks for protection, entertainment and to tell their stories, often representing something about themselves. Some of the African’s would wear the masks to tell old legends to their children.

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We made the masks out of papier-mâché. Everyone had a good time and laughed because it would tickle as the mask was put on their face. We made the masks on each other and waited until they dried and came off.

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Once they were fully dry, we painted them. Some students painted their team logo or favorite TV show or their name.

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None of them were the same because we are all different. It was really fun in the end and every mask reflected the personality or story of the person who created it.

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