Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Lesson on manners. Timothy Dean, School Counselor

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

How can you tell that this takes place on the continent of Africa and not in the state of North Carolina?

How does Manyara act toward Nyasha?

As Manyara goes to see the king, what does she say to the boy? The old woman? The trees?

How does Nyasha show kindness to the boy? The woman? The trees?

John Steptoe, the author, gives us a clue about which sister acts kindly and which does not. Any idea what he did?

Can anyone tell me what mercy means?

Do you think Nyasha showed mercy? Why or why not?

What does it mean to be ashamed?

Do you think Manyara felt ashamed at the end?

Do you think those are good words to describe the sisters?

How do you feel when people treat you kindly?

How do you feel when people treat you unkindly?

Answer on your notepad or ipad:

1. People show kindness in different ways. What are some kind words that you would be comfortable saying to someone who was sad or hurt? What are some kind words that you would be comfortable doing?

2. What if the person doesn't want us to help them? How can we show respect to them?

3. Someone says something and you feel bad or sad. How can you respond?

4. How can you show patience toward others?