South African History Teacher Resources

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Students create an educational pamphlet on the origins, spread and impact of invasive plant species in their community.
Students examine the evolution of the AIDS epidemic in various world regions during the last 22 years. They research advancements, programs, and attitudes about AIDS in various world regions They compile a "global timeline" of the AIDS epidemic.
Investigate the culture and economics or Southern Africa in this text-companion instructional activity. Learners read about the gold trade, apartheid, wealth division, and traditional lifestyles in this region. They take notes and answer 4 short-answer comprehension questions as they read the selection. A graphic organizer is provided for notes, and should be copied into notebooks. Vocabulary words are defined on the side. Intended for use with the McDougal Littell World Geography text.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.  Students discuss their prior knowledge of South Africa and World Cup Soccer.
Students 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.
Learners investigate the philosophy of nonviolence. In this Ghandi lesson, students discover that Gandhi inspired many civil rights leaders with the idea of ahimsa. Learners 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.
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. In 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.
In this review of the Gold Fever DVD learning exercise, students observe the DVD and fill in the blanks to complete comprehensive sentences. Students fill in 20 blanks.
High schoolers 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.
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.
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.
Learners explore the relationship between nature and architecture. For this cross curriculum history, culture, and architecture lesson, students observe and discuss structures visible in nature. Learners 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.
Students examine the causes, actions and results of different demonstrations from around the world in modern history.
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.