African History Teacher Resources
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Students create a timeline of African History. In groups, they research and describe eight different important periods in the country's history. They apply this information to compare and contrast them and how it has allowed Africa to form its identity.
Students explore South African history from pre-colonial times to today. They create a timeline of important events in South African history and reflect on connections between this timeline and the existence of tribal traditions in the country.
Students discover the West African history . In this social studies lesson plan, students examine the role of Islam in West African culture and how West Africa has impacted Islam as well during the period between the 7th A.D. and 14th A.D. centuries.
Students research five hundred years of social, economic, territorial, and political history in South Africa, with a focus on the apartheid system. They present their research in the form of a timeline.
Students explore how and why various historical resources present information about slavery differently. They work in pairs to examine written texts to interpret the objectives, points of view, and depictions of slavery in these resources.
Students work in teams as editors to design the front page of a newspaper covering a country in east Africa. They individually research and write articles that define modern life for the country's citizens.
Seventh graders examine the geography and political history of West Africa. They role-play as applicants to a company that transports customers to any historic time period. Working in teams, they create promotional products encouraging customers to visit ancient West African civilizations.
Seventh graders trace the major events in African history. In this social studies instructional activity students, create a flowchart depicting the things they learned during this instructional activity. Students understand the chronology of major events that took place in Africa between the birth of civilization and independence from Europe. Students will be graded on the accuracy of their flowchart.
Young scholars investigate and experience African culture through various art forms. Students explore the physical and political geographies of Africa through mapping activities. Young scholars, in groups, prepare presentations about different aspects of African history.
Learners, in groups, compare and chart the different African kingdoms and city-states. They write a short essay detailing the aspects of African history that most fascinates them.
Students explore their impressions of African history, focusing on black/white relations. They examine the impact of the recent election on Zimbabwean politics by reading and discussing the article "Vote in Zimbabwe Shows Opposition Making Big Gains."
Students view a documentary which examines the life and work of Albert Schweitzer. Specifically, it explores the controversy surrounding Schweitzer. Darkness and Light would be useful for classes on World History, African History and African Culture.
Students access a variety of Africa themed websites. They locate information about African people, governments, languages and culture. They interact with timelines and explore African history or art.
In this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 8 multiple choice questions regarding early African history. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students examine the role of stories in African and African-American cultures. This lesson is written for students with visual impairments. They
Students explore the relationship between a country's political and social history and its position today. They study 8 African countries immersed in the present conflict in Congo. They present their findings.
Students investigate recent archaeological challenges to theories of human origins. They research the history and geography of various African regions to create proposals for future excavations.
Learners discuss the concept of historic preservation and relate it to their own families and communities. After reading an article, they discuss the efforts of Mali to preserve their history. Using the internet, they research one point in Timbuktu's history and present their information to the class.
Students participate in a roundtable forum to discuss the notion of defying South African national government policies in order to fight AIDS after reading the online article, "A Bold Move on AIDS in South Africa."
Students listen to an interview with a former news coorespondent in Congo. They discuss an article about the instability in the country following their elections. They research Congo's history along with its connection to the United Nations. They develop segments for a nwes radio show.