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Students locate Africa and share their knowledge of the continent, then read a news article about Oprah Winfrey building a school in South Africa. In 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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars investigate Apartheid government. In this government systems lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation that requires them to experience the unjust Apartheid system. Young scholars also hold mock trials based on scenarios that they read in class and write self-assessments about the experience.
Seventh graders explore the concept of medical intervention in African nations. In this geography lesson plan, 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.
Middle and high schoolers explore how democracy works. After a teacher-led discussion, pupils go to websites embedded in the plan which lead them through activities that are all about the democratic process. The first website has them learn about democracy in schools and student councils. The second site teaches them about voting and representation in government. The third site serves as a closing activity in that it quizzes them on what they've learned so far. A good political science lesson!