Ch 3: Early African History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter offers tips and strategies you can use to enhance your early African history lessons. Plan your lessons and class time with ease and improve your students' learning outcomes with these lesson plans, supplemental lessons and other helpful teacher resources.

Early African History Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Develop high-quality lessons that can strengthen your students' comprehension of early African history. The lesson plans in this chapter offers learning objectives, curriculum standards, class or homework assignments and discussion ideas that you can use during the lesson planning process. Supplemental lessons and accompanying quizzes are also available to bolster your curriculum.

These teacher resources can help you include topics like the Bantu migration and the kingdoms, states and cities in West Africa into your curriculum. If you have a busy schedule, don't worry! All the resources in this chapter are available around-the-clock and can be accessed using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

How It Helps

  • Lesson instructions: Details the steps you can take to teach your students specific early African history topics.
  • Discussion questions/topics: Provides discussion questions or topics you can use to assess your students' comprehension of the concepts you cover.
  • Activities: Offers activity ideas designed to get your students involved during your lessons.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning early African history lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific early African history topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your early African history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related early African history lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important early African history concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant early African history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: Early African History Lesson Plans
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West African Kingdoms Lesson Plan

1. West African Kingdoms Lesson Plan

Teach your students about ancient West Africa with this lesson plan. Students use text and video lessons to learn about three West African Kingdom's economies and politics, applying information interactively to increase comprehension. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Ancient West African Kingdoms

2. Ancient West African Kingdoms

In this lesson, we'll explore the three major kingdoms of Ancient West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. We'll learn about their politics, military, economy, and culture.

States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

3. States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

This lesson will focus on the kingdom states that ruled West Africa during 1000 to 1300 CE. It will focus on the trading empires of Ghana and Mali, as well as the city of Timbuktu.

Bantu Migration Lesson Plan

4. Bantu Migration Lesson Plan

Teach your students about ancient West Africa and the Bantu migrations with this lesson plan. A video lesson is used to explore the migration of these people and what they spread along the way. Discussion questions, cooperative learning and a quiz make concepts long-lasting.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

5. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Ancient African Civilizations Lesson Plan

6. Ancient African Civilizations Lesson Plan

Do your students know that the history of civilization began in Africa? Use this lesson plan to help them examine some of the earliest civilizations through mapping and discussion.

Ancient Africa Lesson for Kids

7. Ancient Africa Lesson for Kids

Societies and cultures in Africa stretch back thousands and thousands of years. Learn about some of the great kingdoms and peoples who lived in ancient Africa in this lesson.

West African Cultures Lesson Plan

8. West African Cultures Lesson Plan

Teachers should use these lesson plans to teach students about West African cultures. Students will learn about the locations, political systems, and economy of ancient Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

The Bantu People Lesson Plan

9. The Bantu People Lesson Plan

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.

The Ghana Empire Lesson Plan

10. The Ghana Empire Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the Ghana Empire. A group simulation on taxation is included to illustrate how Ghana gained incredible wealth from taxing those traveling on trade routes through their country.

Trans-Saharan Trade Lesson Plan

11. Trans-Saharan Trade Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the Trans-Saharan trade caravan routes and their effect on trade, religion, and culture. An interactive simulation is included with students assuming the roles of West Africans and Berbers while trading.

Mali Empire Lesson Plan

12. Mali Empire Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the ancient Mali Empire of Africa. A group activity will require students to create political campaigns for two rulers based on what is known about their impact on the Mali Empire.

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