Democratic South Africa Teacher Resources
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Students are introduced to the influences, philosophies and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela in the context of South Africa's political history. They read summaries, define vocabulary, develop guidelines for creating laws and participate in a variety of discussions.
Art can be a vehicle for social change and cultural expression. Upper graders examine the art of photographer David Goldblatt, as it pertains to apartheid, South Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. Discussion questions and image links are included.
Pupils examine the Apartheid system of South Africa through a role-play activity. The role-play activity ends with a class discussion on how the events affected each individual. A class discussion continues after reading an article about the history of Apartheid and the laws of South Africa in order to prepare for a mock trial.
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 investigate Apartheid government. In this government systems lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation that requires them to experience the unjust Apartheid system. Learners also hold mock trials based on scenarios that they read in class and write self-assessments about the experience.
Students explore basic human rights. In this developing rights lesson, students examine moral and legal rights as they learn about the history of South African rights.
Students locate Africa and share their knowledge of the continent, then read a news article about Oprah Winfrey building a school in South Africa. For this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students understand the basic rights of people to be treated not because of their sex or their race. In this human rights lesson, students draw a comparison between the basic rights in our country and the basic rights in South Africa. Students explain orally or in poetry writing what happens when children don't have these rights.
In this Nelson Mandela Day instructional activity, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Nelson Mandela Day. Students complete 10 activities total.
Fifth graders study Nelson Mandela. In this leadership lesson, 5th graders study the life of Nelson Mandela. Throughout their learning, they read biographies on Nelson Mandela, compare their community to those in South Africa, discuss apartheid, and create a time line of the important events in Nelson Mandela's life.
In need of a lot of information on the La Belle Époque and shifts in British and French government a the turn of the century? Well, here is a 79 slide presentation covering British and French history from 1870-1911. A fantastic resource to accompany a world history unit on the democratic beginnings of Britain and France.
Middle schoolers analyze democratic advances in Africa. In this global issues instructional activity, students research Internet, video, and print sources regarding current political developments in Africa. Middle schoolers create e-collages or digital videos that feature their selected issues.
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.
Students examine the various philosophies that form the foundations of political systems of major world countries.
Students examine the history of the Populist Party as it relates to its reforms and economic plight. In this Populism and the People's Party lesson, students explore why farmers experienced financial difficulty at the end of the century. Students work in groups to compare the railroad expansion map of 1870-1890 to the one of mining and cattle frontiers in 1870. Students discuss historical events that described one group of people taken over the authority of another group.
When a resource like this comes along, I want everyone to see it. Actively engage your learners with a lesson on apartheid. They'll analyze 10 photos, complete two journal entries, and read six slides of text separated into dated chunks. A lot of critical thinking, group work, and writing makes this an excellent learning tool, focused on a very important topic.
Students consider words that reflect their knowledge and opinions about democracy. They work in groups to research countries that have recently transitioned to democratic forms of government.
Students compare the rights people have between different countries. In this comparing rights lesson plan, students view lists of rights that people have in different countries and compare their similarities and differences.
Students investigate the role of government. In this government lesson, students watch "Civilizations: Abuse of Power," and discuss the responsibilities of government. Students then role play situations in history when the government has failed citizens.
Seventh graders explore the concept of medical intervention in African nations. In this geography lesson, 7th graders research primary and secondary sources in search of information regarding Guinea worm disease. Students use their research findings to write an essay regarding the eradication of the disease.