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Ch 11: ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: History of Sub-Saharan African Civilizations

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Help your students explore the history of African civilizations in our History of Sub-Saharan African Civilizations chapter as we help them review for the ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies preparation course and study guide. Our expert instructors will help your students review these topics and quizzes at the end of the lesson will help them track their progress.

ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: History of Sub-Saharan African Civilizations - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we'll take a look at the rich history of the sub-saharan region in Africa. We'll take your students on a journey through the Bantu migrations, the Ghana empire, the Trans-Sarahan Caravan trade and many other topics as they study for the ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies exam. This chapter will specifically cover such things as:

  • Early Africa and the Bantu Migrations
  • Society and culture in early Africa
  • The Kush and Axum civilizations on the Swahili Coast
  • Ghana, Mali and Songhai cultures
  • The Ghana Empire
  • The Mali Empire
  • States and cities in West Africa from 1000 to 1300
  • The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade
  • Southern Africa
  • Great Zimbabwe and the gold trade

With a curriculum especially tailored to the ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies exam, our informative video lessons are sure to help your students on their test. These engaging videos come with convenient video tags making it easy to drop from concept to concept to focus on what they need and accurate transcripts to make sure they never miss any information. Plus, with our self-assessment quizzes, tracking their progress has never been easier.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: History of Sub-Saharan African Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

1. 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.

Society & Culture in Early Africa

2. Society & Culture in Early Africa

In this lesson, you will explore some of the many sort of societies and cultures that have existed in Africa across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions

3. The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and fall of two African kingdoms in East Africa, Kush and Axum, which were both established by utilizing their unique positions to exploit regional trade.

The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

4. The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the powerful African kingdom of Axum and discover how the international economy affected both its rise and decline. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

5. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

6. The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

This lesson explores the Ghana Empire of West Africa. In doing so, it highlights the gold and salt trade of the region, which made the empire wealthy. It also discusses the importance of iron smelting and taxation.

The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

7. The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

This lesson gives a brief overview of the Mali Empire. It focuses on the rule of Sundiata Keita and the salt and gold trade of the empire. It also highlights the wealth and pilgrimage of the famous Mansu Musa.

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

8. 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.

The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

9. The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

This lesson explains the history of the trans-Saharan caravan trade. We highlight the Berbers, the role of the camel, and the introduction of Islam to West Africa.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

10. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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