Young, enslaved, African, female, and poor, Abina Mansah was the kind of person you never learned about in history class. But the story of this young African, the subject of an award winning graphic novel, has now been transformed into a digital education app. Abina’s determined legal fight against the 19th century slave trade is brought to the classroom of the 21st century using original documents, animated films, and an integrated set of interactive teaching tools.
The Abina app engages students with stories of global importance (the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of global empires) while helping them build key critical thinking and social studies skills and an awareness of the nature and process of history. The result is a History teaching revolution as you and Abina weave together an entertaining story, beautiful art, historical content, and critical skills development into a coherent unit that can be embedded into your course as a one-to-two week unit. A the core of the app is a brilliant movie adaptation of Abina’s story, charmingly voiced and animated by San Francisco State University students and teachers. The movie, embedded in an eReader, allows students to explore the global issues and personal experiences of Abina and others in the story. Teachers can leverage the accompanying instructional materials that include lesson plans, groupwork materials, and project designs.
Working with the team at education start-up eBuukuu, noted historian Trevor Getz has adapted his “revolutionary” award-winning graphic novel Abina and the Important Men – currently used at more than 300 universities, as well as hundreds of high schools nationwide. Emmanuel Akyeampong of Harvard University has said about Abina and the Important Men:
“This…takes history into the public domain in a very accessible form, combining text with graphics in the retelling of an 1876 court case over slave emancipation in the Gold Coast…students expressed appreciation for the authors’ reflexiveness about the historian’s craft, the ways the book was designed with multiple audiences in mind–high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and how it problemitized slavery in the nexus of cross-cultural understandings.”
Visit eBuukuu.com for additional information and teaching materials. Download the app for mobile, tablet, or laptop from the Apple, Android, or Google stores. Teachers and institutions can email firstname.lastname@example.org for classroom package pricing.