South African History Teacher Resources

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Students reflect on violence and non-violence.  In this World History lesson, 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.
Seventh graders explore how the availability of productive resources could affect an ancient society.  In this World History activity, 7th graders research two ancient civilizations.  Students create maps showing the trade routes of these civilizations.
Pupils 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.
Learners 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.
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.
Students use conflicts in the Middle East to explore tactics of conflict resolution.
In this social studies review for grade 5 (5.1) worksheet, 5th graders answer 25 multiple choice questions in a standardized test format about U.S. history.
Pupils examine the effectiveness of nonviolent protest. In this social justice lesson, students analyze the effectiveness of Gandhi's Salt March as a nonviolent protest. Pupils jigsaw read the provided story and discuss it.
Students investigate the concept of civilized and civilization as defined by themselves. They examine other cultures and movements that evolve civilizations and develop an understanding that thiers is not the only civilization/culture.
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.
Fifth graders create maps of Africa and locate different settlements, town, and family structures. In this Africa lesson plan, 5th graders learn about latitude and longitude on maps, and research African colonies of the 16th century.
High schoolers examine the various philosophies that form the foundations of political systems of major world countries.
Students examine the work of the United Nations. In this United Nations instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the history of the United Nations. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining to the content of the lecture.
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.
Learners 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. Learners write their own poem related to that leader's method and read them aloud in class.
Students examine the Darfur crisis. In this current events lesson, 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.
Students consider the concept of civil disobedience. In this lesson plan on changing unjust laws, students use primary sources to understand how Gandhi and King changed the law. Students will then list laws that they feel are unjust and plan ways in which they might peacefully challenge them.
Students investigate nonviolent lifestyles by researching the life of Gandhi.  For this journalism lesson, students define the word ahimsa and how important nonviolence is when solving conflicts.  Students create a timeline of personal events which demonstrates their use of nonviolence which they translate into a story.
Learners explore Kwanzaa. In this Kwanzaa lesson, students discover the history and traditions of Kwanzaa. Learners play a game associated with the holiday.