Africa 400 A.D./C.E.- 1500

Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations.  

The focus is in on Ghana and Mali where the Islamic influences were strongest. The presentation also discusses the various geographic regions of Africa and the importance of its oral tradition.

History Labs: Culture Shock: Africa, Proverbs and Folk Tales

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Africa: Geography and Society

This covers the 5 major geographic regions of Africa as well as a very brief explanation of oral history.

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Africa: Government and Economics

The impact Islam had in Africa by looking at Arabian traders and the Salt Trade. It also looks at Africa government briefly with a focus on Mansa Musa and his pilgrimage. an The animal break here about camels and their impact on the expansion of the desert trade routes.

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Africa: Ghana and Mali

The second is about oral history. The Battle of Kirina and have them attempt to tell it back to me orally and see what details are lost. It works with any Africa folk tale and actually a bit better as those tend to be more interesting. The final section is about Africa proverbs and, while basic, was fun for my students.


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I. Geography and Society of Western Africa

The focus is in on Ghana and Mali where the Islamic influences were strongest. The presentation also discusses the various geographic regions of Africa and the importance of its oral tradition.
African Walkthru

II. Government and Economics

a. Day 2 of the notes examines the impact Islam had in Africa by looking at Arabian traders and the Salt Trade. It also looks at Africa government briefly with a focus on Mansa Musa and his pilgrimage. I have an animal break here about camels and their impact on the expansion of the desert trade routes.
Africa Culture Shock-

History Labs: Culture Shock: Africa, Proverbs and Folk Tales