Anansi's Six Sons Character Map

Anansi's Six Sons Character Map
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Anansi the Spider: a Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott

Anansi the Spider: a Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Anansi is a popular folktale character who originated from West Africa. He was passed on to the Caribbean during the time of the transatlantic slave trade hundreds of years ago. Anansi often takes the shape of a spider, and is known as quite the trickster. He has the ability to outsmart, outwit, and beat his opponents using his cunning creativity. Although Anansi is a trickster, he is often seen as the protagonist in his stories, as he learns lessons from his weaknesses and turns them into messages of triumph and goodness.


Anansi the Spider

Storyboard Description

Describe and illustrate the characteristics of Anansi's six sons in Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti.

Storyboard Text

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  • See Trouble
  • Road Builder
  • River Drinker
  • He could see trouble a long way off. He knew that his father was in trouble and alerted the others.
  • He had a knack for building roads very quickly. He built a road for the brothers to safely walk on in order to look for their father.
  • He was able to drink whole river dry! When Anansi was swallowed by a fish, he drank the river in order to get to the fish.
  • Cushion
  • The Six Sons
  • Stone Thrower
  • Game Skinner
  • He was very soft, like a cushion. When Anansi fell from the sky, he landed on Cushion safely.
  • He was able to throw stones really, really far! When a falcon took Anansi and started to fly away with him, Stone Thrower hit the falcon with a stone, causing it to release Anansi.
  • He was able to skin animals for his family. (Ew!) He split open the fish to get to Anansi inside.
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