African History Teacher Resources
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Constructing a Timeline of African History
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.
Tribes And Tribulations
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.
Islam and West Africa (An African History Lesson)
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.
Revealing Untold Stories
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.
The East Africa Times
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.
Medieval African Kingdoms
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. For this social studies lesson students, create a flowchart depicting the things they learned during this lesson. 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.
African Art is Alive: Drum, Dance, Storytelling....
Students investigate and experience African culture through various art forms. Students explore the physical and political geographies of Africa through mapping activities. Students, in groups, prepare presentations about different aspects of African history.
The Empires of Africa
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.
This Land Is My Land
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."
Albert Schweitzer: Darkness And Light
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.
Early African History
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.
Lesson: Transformational Tapestries
Art can be found anywhere, even in the class recycle bin. El Anatsui is an artist that uses found materials to create two and three-dimensional art. Kids examine his techniques, discuss the differences between found art forms, and then work in groups to create their own art. Photos, resource links, and art notes make for an easily executable lesson.
Using Oral Traditions to Improve Verbal and Listening Skills
Students examine the role of stories in African and African-American cultures. This lesson is written for students with visual impairments. They
In Search of Truce
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.
The Dawn of Humanity
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.
All The Way to Timbuktu
Students 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.
Life Savers?: Exploring Ethical Dilemmas Regarding AIDS Treatment in South Africa
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."