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Students explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.
Students investigate the history of Mali. In this African cultures instructional activity, students research the impact of Sundiata Keita as king of Mali, recognize the significance of historical Malian festivals, and create character masks to be worn in their own Sundiata festival.
Students study the ancient African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. They brainstorm what they know about ancient African kingdoms before investigating the trade and barter situations, and researching one of the kingdoms for an oral presentation. They simulate the barter economy with items from home.
Seventh graders begin the instructional activity by reading primary sources about the country of Mali. Using maps drawn in the past, they discuss what they can gather about the country from the map and how it has changed over time. They use a graphic organizer to organize their information to write a paper at the end of the instructional activity.
Young scholars are introduced to the concept of cultural diffusion. In groups, they identify the culture of Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia and work together to research how cultural diffusion has changed the country. To end the instructional activity, they share their findings with the class and view artwork from each country.
Young scholars explore West African history by analyzing images. In this West African Empire instructional activity, students examine a small box with images and items which represent the Republic of Mali. Young scholars collaborate in small groups to question and define the items in the box before completing a worksheet.
Students participate in relating the role of the arts in defining identity. They examine the community in West African society and how members of that community define their role. They view how artifacts, music and performance can express one's identity and mark life passages from birth to death.
Students define the importance of universal education to appreciate the value of education. In this universal education instructional activity, students learn about a teacher and school in Mali from a poster and brainstorm why some children can't attend school by reading quotations. Students discuss statements about the issue and participate in a role play agree or disagree activity. Students complete a graphic organizer and newspaper research activity for the topic.