South African History Teacher Resources
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Students explore tough questions in a fishbowl discussion about the economic and social barriers to playing certain sports. They synthesize their knowledge by writing dialogues illustrating some of the barriers some famous athletes might have faced.
What Does That Flag Mean?
Students describe how symbolism is used in flags as they research the symbolism in country flags and create a new flag design. They begin investigating the meaning behind the Olympic flag and then continue with the flags of South Africa and the US.
Topography of Africa
Students study Africa's diverse landscape and investigate how these features impact the available water supply, food sources, and population distribution of the continent. They compare topographical features and their affect on each country's physical and human environments.
World Cup 2010: WebQuest and Activities
Young scholars discover the history of the World Cup and the current host country, South Africa. In this athletics lesson, students utilize the Internet to research and complete a WebQuest about South Africa. Young scholars discuss their prior knowledge of South Africa and World Cup Soccer.
The City of New Haven
Young scholars examine the geography, politics and history of their local town of New Haven, Connecticut. Using the internet, they explore the neighbors of New Haven and write directions from their house to school. In groups, they research recent information about the city from the cities website and share what they have gathered. To end the lesson, they build a model of the city and its physical characteristics.
Create a Stamp
Students discuss themes that can be represented on stamps, research apartheid, explore history and government of South Africa, view postage stamps from Somalia, and create stamp with South African theme.
The Roots of Ahimsa
Students investigate the philosophy of nonviolence. In this Ghandi lesson, students discover that Gandhi inspired many civil rights leaders with the idea of ahimsa. Students complete venn diagrams, create timelines, and discuss reading to increase understanding.
Eleventh graders trace the history of intolerance in American history and familiarize themselves with the actions of the United States towards the Holocaust. They explore present day Holocaust denial and Neo-Nazism in the United States.
Pangaea Puzzle Pieces
Students i examine 10 pieces of evidence for the Pangaea theory and use them to reconstruct the super continent. They determine that land masses on Earth are slowly changing shape as a result of moving for millions of years.
Students investigate Apartheid government. For this government systems lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation that requires them to experience the unjust Apartheid system. Students also hold mock trials based on scenarios that they read in class and write self-assessments about the experience.
DVD: Gold Fever
In this review of the Gold Fever DVD worksheet, students observe the DVD and fill in the blanks to complete comprehensive sentences. Students fill in 20 blanks.
Spanish & Chicano English
Students examine the history of Spanish in what is now the United States. They examine the current language status of the Hispanic population. Students are able to characterize Spanglish and Chicano English. They examine some features of Chicano English.
Can You Hear Me Now? A Study Unit on Cell Phones
In this comprehensive reading comprehension lesson, students complete an indepth look at the introductions and history of cell phones. Students research, analyze and determine the answers to twenty two questions regarding what a cell phone is, where it came from, parts of a cell phone, how they work and the advantages and disadvantages to using a cell phone in today's world. In addition, they summarize a variety of creative thinking activities dealing with cell phones.
Populism and the People’s Party
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.
Biomimicry, Nature: Architecture of the Future
Students explore the relationship between nature and architecture. In this cross curriculum history, culture, and architecture instructional activity, students observe and discuss structures visible in nature. Students view websites in which Native American and other homes of the past are illustrated, and make connections between the climate, geographical features, materials and design of the homes. Students work with a group to design and build a biomimicry-inspired 3D structure.
Allow Me to Demonstrate…
Students examine the causes, actions and results of different demonstrations from around the world in modern history.
The Citizen Reporter
Ripped from the headlines! Discuss topical social issues like racism, discrimination, and diversity while exploring the concept of citizen journalism. Begin with a professional-looking presentation on the history of citizen journalism. Next, split the class in half and use the provided resources to analyze mainstream and citizen news sources for accuracy and completeness vs diversity representation. Finally, students write blogs expressing their opinion on one of the discussed topics.
Non-Violence Means "Doing Nothing"
Students reflect on violence and non-violence. In this World History lesson plan, students read an article by Gandhi then write an essay as to whether they agree or disagree with his thoughts. Students then share all their ideas as a class.
Survive Or Not
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society. In this World History lesson, 7th graders research two ancient civilizations. Students create maps showing the trade routes of these civilizations.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.