Comparative Writing and The Hadzabe Tribe

Lesson overview

In this lesson students will consider the ways in which their life differs to the tribe members as well as identifying similarities they may share. Students will write comparative paragraphs and use peer assessment to refine their writing.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify differences and similarities in our daily lives
  • Investigate a different culture in ‘The Hadzabe Tribe of Lake Eyasi’ Expedition
  • Compare and contrast our daily lives with the Hadzabe Tribe

Expedition Prep Checklist

Download the Google Expeditions App on all devices and select the expedition The Hadzabe Tribe of Lake Eyasi.

Explore the expedition and locate points of interest.

Review the content in the Lesson resources section to update your knowledge and develop some teaching ideas.

Lesson steps
  1. Introduction (10 mins)

    Ask students to answer the following questions with a partner: What do I wear to school? Who do I live with? What jobs do the people in my family do? What are some of the families concerns or priorities, e.g. grocery shopping, getting the laundry done, travelling to classes, hobbies or social events? What do we celebrate? What traditions do we have?
    Challenge students to generate as many compare and contrast words as they can think of (see Student Sheet in the Lesson resources section).

  2. Expedition (20 mins)
    Students complete the expedition, during which ask the following questions: Would you like to live like this? What would some of the challenges be when moving home? What practical skills would you need? Could you do the work of the Hadzabe tribe?
    Students make notes on ten activities or events that are different to their lives, paying attention to the things they discussed before the expedition.
  3. Activity (30 mins)
    Model an effective comparative phrase or statement, linked to an observation from the expedition. For example: Living in the city, we take a lot of things for granted, especially our food and fresh water, whereas the Hadzabe celebrate the Baobab tree for the nourishment and security it provides them with. In my home I am very comfortable; it is warm, it is built of strong, sturdy concrete and glass and the only thing I have to worry about is picking up my dirty laundry! In contrast to this, the Hadzabe must be vigilant when choosing where to set up camp as they will have to consider bad weather and the possibility of dangerous wildlife.

    Students write a comparative paragraph(s) in which they explain the differences and / or similarities in their lives and the lives of Hadzabe Tribe. The supporting resource provides a list of comparative words and phrases. They may focus on a single scene or point of interest or write a short paragraph about each scene. The work should end with a section which explains why the student would like to spend time with the Hadzabe tribe.
    Students peer assess the use of comparative words / phrases.
  4. Extension
    Students explore other expeditions for people to compare their lives to.
    Students imagine they are a member of the Hadzabe Tribe and write a diary entry.
    Students explore some of the skills of the tribe, e.g. foraging for fruit or berries.
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