The Bantu People Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about the Bantu people of Africa. Students will analyze the migration of the Bantu people and describe its impact on Africa.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson about the Bantu people, students will be able to:

  • Describe the migration of the Bantu people.
  • Illustrate Bantu migrations on a map of Africa.
  • Analyze the impact of the Bantu people on Africa.


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Highlighter
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens

Video & Discussion

  • Pass out The Bantu People: Migration, Language and Impact to the students. Students can highlight and take notes on this page as they view the video.
  • Watch 'The Bantu People' section of the video and discuss the following:
    • What do Bantu people have in common that makes historians believe they were once part of the same group?
    • Around 1500 B.C.E., what did the Bantu people discover that changed their lifestyle?
  • Watch the 'Migrations' portion of the video. Discuss the following:
    • What caused the expansion of the Bantu population?
    • How did other people in Africa learn the Bantu language and agricultural secrets?
  • Watch the 'Development and Kingdoms' section of the lesson. Discuss the following:
    • How do historians know that Iron Age began around 550 B.C.E.?
    • Why was West African iron superior to iron made in other places?
  • Watch the remainder of the video. Discuss the following:
    • What were some of the consequences of Bantu dominance on other cultures they encountered?
  • Pass out the printable worksheet
  • After students complete the worksheet independently, grade as a class and discuss answers.

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