African History Teacher Resources
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Learners 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, 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.
Young scholars 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.
For this online interactive world history worksheet, high schoolers answer 8 multiple choice questions regarding early African history. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
Delve into the world of Malian ruler Mansa Musa, the development and culture of African kingdoms such as the Swahili civilization, the use of oral tradition, and the spread of Islam across trade routes. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the need for a variety of sources as evidence to gain a comprehensive understanding of the past.
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 study the state of the world before the slave trade. They explain the geography and economics of the slave trade. They explore primary sources and how historians use these sources to create historical interpretations.
Students explore West African history by analyzing images. In this West African Empire lesson, students examine a small box with images and items which represent the Republic of Mali. Students collaborate in small groups to question and define the items in the box before completing a worksheet.
In this African history study guide worksheet, students read a brief overview pertaining to the history of Africa from 1500 to the present and fill in the blanks with the appropriate words. Students also respond to 18 short answer questions regarding the topic.
Journey back in time using a textbook and a handy reading guide. Kids use the guide to answer several questions, noting supporting evidence and key details as they go. They report on the climate, trade, population, and history of medieval Africa.
In this African history study guide worksheet, learners read a brief overview pertaining to the history of Africa from 1500 to the present.
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.
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.
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 trace the major events in African history. In 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.