South African History Teacher Resources

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In this social studies review for grade 5 (5.1) learning exercise, 5th graders answer 25 multiple choice questions in a standardized test format about U.S. history.
In this U.S. history activity, students read assigned textbook pages describing 1980's America and respond to 49 short answer questions.
Seventh graders produce a "Conflict Escalator" plot learning tool to demonstrate how conflict escalates. They apply this tool to Apartheid conflicts in South Africa. They research via the internet after reading conflict case studies.
Young scholars identify that history can characterize actions differently from how they were perceived when initially undertaken. Then they identify that terrorist groups exist within a political, cultural, and historical context, and students will be able to explain that many interrelated factors (religion, political power, human rights, and others) play a role in motivating a group to action.
Students explore how Dorothy Day and Mohandas Gandhi were leaders for social change.  For this history lesson, students analyze the impact of these two leaders through several activities and group assignments.
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 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.
Students compare and contrast historical and contemporary photographs of important figures in African American history. In this photography analysis lesson, students learn key photography vocabulary and use a Venn Diagram to explore differences and similarities in photography over the years.
In this language arts worksheet, students identify the significance of 8 numbers. They answer 8 comprehension questions about the article. Students complete a cloze activity while listening a podcast of an article about the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. A transcript of the article is included on the worksheet.
Learners investigate international aid by researching the history of Angola.  In this world crisis instructional activity, students investigate the history, civil wars and poor economy of Angola and discuss ways to turn the poor nation around.  Learners spread awareness of Angola by writing an editorial, essay, or participating in a class debate.
Tenth graders study the steps and methods taken by Gandhi.  In this World History lesson, 10th graders create illustrations to represent these steps.  Students write a persuasive essay on these measures taken by Gandhi. 
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a speech which the President of South Africa delivered. Students answer questions, and write an essay.
Take a close-up look at the evolution of hyenas in South Africa. Natural historians read about the five hyena species found in the fossil record and examine four statements that summarize the theory of evolution. As a culminating activity, pupils form groups and design a fact sheet about any modern member from the hyena family. This is an uncomplicated assignment to do with biology classes. You will appreciate the teacher's notes and grading rubric that are provided alongside.
If you are considering showing the film Cry Freedom, directed by Richard Attenborough, to your class, you might show them this presentation first. The slides contain background information about South Africa, apartheid, Steve Biko, and non-violent resistance as well as filming techniques used in the movie. The presentation appears to have been made by students; however, there is ample content.
Students create a History Fair. They examine the National History Day Competition and are encouraged to participate.
Students view a television program that depicts the history South African Apartheid and the United States' system of segregation. They discuss how laws were used to uphold these institutions and compare and contrast racism and intolerance in the two countries. Students explore how racism affects their lives today.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, learners respond to 45 multiple choice questions about European history between the years of 1871 and 1914. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Second graders explain the importance of individual action and character. They explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past make a difference in others' lives.
Using the sun's light as a source of energy is not a new concept. Give your environmental studies, engineering, or physical science class this list of how humans have used solar energy throughout history. Assign groups a certain time period and have them create a presentation about the discoveries and inventions of their assigned time. A few suggested readings and websites are listed. That is about all there is to this resource, no grading rubric or specifics about how the presentation should look.
Learners explore a mathematical relationship determined by a table of values comparing two quantities in this real-world problem. Using their graphing calculators, they enter data about temperatures from two cities in very different parts of the world. They then work in groups to answer questions and make predictions. The activity includes using the stat plot and stat calc features on the calculator and finding a best-fit curve for the data. Mathematicians also find the vertex, axis of symmetry, maximum and minimum, and interpret their findings within the context of the problem.