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Here is a student artifact that is worth keeping. It may even be worth using as a class example. Obviously a finished social studies project, the presentation provides information on the history and background of Soweto. Uprising, apartheid, and human rights issues are briefly covered.
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this Manifest Destiny lesson, students examine sources that require them to compare and contrast the removal of Cherokee people to the forcible removal of people in South Africa, Iraq, and Europe in history.
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.
Here is an excellent set of five short lessons and activities intended to help learners not only gain an understand of current issues in Africa, but build critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, expository writing, research, and evaluation skills. Each lesson focuses on one of the following topics: women in Zimbabwe, agriculture, economy, education, racial issues, and land redistribution.
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.
Spark interest in a historic phenomena that lasted over 1000 years. The topic, witch hunts throughout history! A timeline beginning in 1000 BC follows how various religious groups have persecuted those thought to be witches up through modern times. Very interesting, and could be a great way to start a wide variety of discussions.
Ninth graders examine how the need for freedom and power are inherent in people. They complete a museum tour of African independence movements of the twentieth century. They investigate the independence movements of Algeria, Kenya, and South Africa and complete multiple choice questions.
Explore non-violent protest in this social values and world history lesson. After viewing the movie Gandhi, and discussing important events in Gandhi's life, young orators write a speech defending Gandhi's position on the value of passive resistance. Groups videotape their speeches and share the videos with the class.