South African History Teacher Resources
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Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson plan is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
A Day inthe Life of a San Francisco Native Animal
Although the lesson is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider the types of animals that lived there, and what their life was like. They each receive an animal information card, which they will use as they write a mock journal entry from the perspective of that animal. It's a day in the life of an animal prior to European contact, neat!
Africa Speaks Out; A World History Lesson on the Effects of Colonialism on Africa
Students study the effects of colonialism on Africa. In this world history lesson plan, students identify and locate the colonial powers within Africa as well as the make-up of Africa today as they read and analyze writings/readings from multiple perspectives. Students analyze the reasons for the colonial break-up in Africa and identify stereotypes of Africa and work to dispel these myths/stereotypes.
Imperialism Old and New
If your really want your history class to know everything about old and new imperialism, look no further. This 58-slide presentation depicts, describes, and explains everything from 19th Century expansion and the Congress of Berlin to the Russo-Japanese War and the Boxer Rebellion. A five-star resource ready to make your next unit on Imperialism great.
Short But Sweet
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper article, and one on another type of informational text. A series of questions guides them through the summary process.
Students read a New York Times article to explain apartheid and its legacies. They examine prejudice in their own lives by looking a the perception of discriminatory traits.
Teaching African Literature in English
Students do a research project on one of the European countries and develop the points in detail. They determine the sophistication of African tradition and culture that have been degraded by the media and write an essay from the facts gathered in this history and .
Students research important issues in Africa and how the concerns are being addressed both nationally and internationally. They prepare briefing presentations for the American President to influence concerns of foreign policy.
Population Diversity And Human Rights
Students explore the concept of economic sanctions. In this population diversity and human rights lesson, students examine how the United States uses economic sanctions to support or prohibit international activities. Students present their research findings about economic sanctions to their classmates.
Conflicts of Current Interest
Students use conflicts in the Middle East to explore tactics of conflict resolution.
Social Studies Review for Grade 5 (5.1)
In this social studies review for grade 5 (5.1) activity, 5th graders answer 25 multiple choice questions in a standardized test format about U.S. history.
Gandhi’s Salt March: Nonviolence in Action
Students examine the effectiveness of nonviolent protest. In this social justice lesson, students analyze the effectiveness of Gandhi's Salt March as a nonviolent protest. Students jigsaw read the provided story and discuss it.
World Cup 2010
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They answer 8 true or false questions, fill in 15 blanks in 6 sentences and find synonyms for 6 words.
Comparison of Political Ideologies in the Context of Constitutional Preambles
Young scholars examine the various philosophies that form the foundations of political systems of major world countries.
The United Nations: Fifty Years of Keeping the Peace
Pupils examine the work of the United Nations. In this United Nations lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the history of the United Nations. Pupils respond to discussion questions pertaining to the content of the lecture.
Allusion as Commentary: Richard Rive's "No Room at Solitaire"
In Richard Rive's short story "No Room at Solitaire," based largely on the story of Jesus' birth, a poor Black couple seeks shelter at a white restaurant in apartheid-era South Africa and is turned away. Sets the stage for a fruitful discussion of the purpose of allusion as commentary. Learners then select a literary allusion (3 choices are provided) to use in planning an original story based on Rive's model.
Gandhi's Non-violent Revolutions: Examining Tools to Make Non-violent
Students analyze Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent social change. In this nonviolence and social change lesson, students research a leader from the attached list who practiced nonviolent social change. Students write their own poem related to that leader's method and read them aloud in class.
SOS from Sudan
Students examine the Darfur crisis. In this current events activity, students visit selected websites to discover details about the history of Sudan, ethnic cleansing by the Arab Janjaweed militias, and the condition of children caught in conflict.
Breaking the Unjust Law
Learners consider the concept of civil disobedience. In this lesson on changing unjust laws, students use primary sources to understand how Gandhi and King changed the law. Learners will then list laws that they feel are unjust and plan ways in which they might peacefully challenge them.
Ahimsa in Writers Workshop
Learners investigate nonviolent lifestyles by researching the life of Gandhi. In this journalism activity, students define the word ahimsa and how important nonviolence is when solving conflicts. Learners create a timeline of personal events which demonstrates their use of nonviolence which they translate into a story.