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Life Savers?: Exploring Ethical Dilemmas Regarding AIDS Treatment in South Africa
Students participate in a roundtable forum to discuss the notion of defying South African national government policies in order to fight AIDS after reading the online article, "A Bold Move on AIDS in South Africa."
South Africa: Revolution at the Ballot Box
Students explore apartheid. In this South Africa lesson, students discover details regarding apartheid and determine how the black majority suffered under apartheid. Students discuss why the white minority leadership of South Africa gave up political control of the country to the black majority.
A Child's Daily Life in South Africa
Students compare the life of a child in South Africa to the life of a child in America. In this multicultural education lesson, students read the book Not So Fast Songololo and discuss the differences and similarities between their lives and the life of a child in Africa. Students write a letter to a child in South Africa about their daily lives in America.
Oprah Winfrey Opens New School in Africa
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.
South Africa Story: Apartheid, Diamonds & Gold
Students explore South Africa. In this South Africa lesson, students investigate the natural resources of the nation and how they have impacted the culture and history of the nation. Students also create a children's book regarding apartheid once they have heard the story of Xoliswa Vanda.
Have your class learn about South Africa and prepare for a discussion using this resource. Learners read a 3-page article about the nation and then note details about apartheid, Afrikaners, Nelson Mandela, and more on the provided graphic organizer.
South Africa Lesson: Truth and Reconciliation
Students investigate the purpose of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They debate whether a similar action would be useful in the US for resolving slavery issues.
A Child's Daily Life in South Africa
Learners listen to the book, Not So Fast Songololo, and locate South Africa on a map. They identify similarities between the daily life of a child in South Africa and America, and write a letter and draw a picture to a child in South Africa.
The Creation of South Africa
In this African culture worksheet, students read a selection about the creation of South Africa and then create a time line and respond to 4 short answer questions.
Discussion Questions for Amber Bechtel's Essay on AIDS in South Africa
Students read an essay by Amber Bechtel on the situation of AIDS in South Africa. After reading, they participate in a class discussion answering questions posed by their teacher. To end the lesson, they reflect on the situation in the country in their journals.
Lesson: David Goldblatt: Structures and Normativity, looking at Photography
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.
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.
This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
Students explore their own ideas about inequality and property ownership and then examine South Africa's ongoing land disputes. They write an essay after researching several South African groups.
Where Life Is Too Short
Students study the impact and implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa and beyond. They explain how the AIDS pandemic is affecting multiple aspects of life in South Africa and why life expectancies differ dramatically among nations.
Students examine the instances in history in which groups of people were segregated by race or ethnicity. After reading an article, they discover how apartheid impacted people's attempt to an education. Using the internet, they research various apartheid policies and write a perspective of people who lived in South Africa during these times.
"It's Not Fair"
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 ESL worksheet, students read an excerpt about Durban which is located in South Africa. Then they define seven adjectives listed and respond to seven questions related to the excerpt read. Finally, students complete the story by filling in the correct missing word or phrase for each.
The Republic of South Africa
How did South Africa come under the rule of apartheid? Find out how European colonists settled in South Africa and established apartheid to dissuade the African majority from taking back their lands. Slides contain simple text and dates, and they would be helpful in assisting learners in taking notes during lecture.
Coastal Biodiversity of South Africa
Learners investigate the biodiversity found along the coast of South Africa. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use the information in order to write lab reports with the data. The lesson can be adapted to other coastal areas to collect specimens that can be used for comparing and contrasting.
Sixth graders examine the contributions of Desmond Tutu and the history of apartheid in South Africa. They listen to the book "The Story of Ruby Bridges," listen to a lecture and analyze a timeline, conduct an interview, and participate in a role-play.