Ancient South Africa Teacher Resources

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The end of WWII brought big changes around the world, not the least of which occur in the increasingly decolonized continent of Africa. This slideshow details the developing countries of Ghana, Kenya, Congo, Nigeria, and South Africa, to name a few. Viewers will be outraged over the violation of civil liberties in these countries as they work on becoming more developed - and in some cases, more dangerous.
In Richard Rive's short story "No Room at Solitaire," based largely on the story of Jesus' birth, a poor Black couple seeks shelter at a white restaurant in apartheid-era South Africa and is turned away. Sets the stage for a fruitful discussion of the purpose of allusion as commentary. Learners then select a literary allusion (3 choices are provided) to use in planning an original story based on Rive's model.
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.
Learners view a video clip about grasslands. They identify threats to grasslands and describe cultures which have adapted to grassland conditions. They discuss possible solutions to preserve grasslands as well.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society.  In this World History activity, 7th graders research two ancient civilizations.  Students create maps showing the trade routes of these civilizations.
Three pages of intriguing pictures and reading passages about the natural history of Africa's West Coast Fossil Park make up the bulk of this handout. There are 13 questions to answer and directions for designing a poster about one of the extinct animals introduced within the text. The assignment is not complex, but it is interesting. It can be used as an effective enrichment for your middle school earth scientists. Teachers notes and a grading rubric for the poster make this more than just a student worksheet.
Students investigate the concept of civilized and civilization as defined by themselves. They examine other cultures and movements that evolve civilizations and develop an understanding that thiers is not the only civilization/culture.
High schoolers are introduced to the human stages of evolution. They complete a series of lessons on identifying the cranial structure for various hominids, understanding the timeline involved in human evolution and investigating ancient artifacts.
Students sing a South African song and fill in blank words. They draw images that the song brings to mind while working in groups. Then, they share their art projects with the class.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society. Students choose two ancient civilizations from the seventh grade history indicators and research the productive resources available to them, the goods produced from those productive resources, and similarities and differences bet.
In this cycads worksheet, learners will read a short essay on the cycad tree, including it's reproductive strategies and it's general characteristics. Then students will complete 2 short answer questions based on what they read.
After a one-page reading passage about fossilization, earth science explorers make Plaster of Paris molds and casts of objects of their choosing. This activity, although stated as grades 7-9, is really more appropriate for grades 4-6. Also note that some of the questions following the activity are specific to the West Coast Fossil Park in South Africa. The resource is most useful for the informative text and the instructions for making the fossils in class. 
Students read the article "African Pastoral: Archaeologists Rewrite the Story of Farming" from The New York Times and discuss how the image of the farmer has changed over the centuries. Students work in groups to create time-lines and handouts on the different aspects of farming as they relate to the article.
Here is an excellent set of five short lessons and activities intended to help learners not only gain an understand of current issues in Africa, but build critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, expository writing, research, and evaluation skills. Each lesson plan focuses on one of the following topics: women in Zimbabwe, agriculture, economy, education, racial issues, and land redistribution.
Middle schoolers go on an information gathering hunt on the Internet to study West African empires. They work in teams; meteorologists, bankers, writers, and archaeologists. They collect data on all sorts of topics related to West African cultures, and build a website to publish their findings. An ambitious, and educationally rich lesson.
Students explore writing as an agent for social change. For this Social Studies lesson, students examine the power of writing using Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.  Students will practice the technique of persuasive writing by writing their own version of Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
Students list W.H Auden's six characteristics of a quest story. They say what is meant by a "metaphorical quest." Pupils discuss some differences between symbolism and allegory. Students indicate how Bilbo Baggins's adventures changed him for the better. They appreciate Gandalf's distinction between providence and "mere luck."
In this Mother's Day worksheet, learners read for information and assess comprehension and vocabulary skills. In this multiple choice worksheet, students answer ten questions.
Explore philosophy and religion by researching Gandhi. Lead your young students to investigate the life and accomplishments of Mahatma Gandhi by reading the assigned text. Your class will define sustainability and create a sustainable vegetarian meal which they enjoy with their class.
Students identify which parts of the earth are solids, liquids or gases. They discover the need to conserve natural resources. They examine different products and what materials are used to make them.