Ch 9: Modern African History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Included in this chapter are lesson plans that will help you prepare for teaching your students about modern African history. These lessons and lesson plans cover major topics and ways you can bring them up in the classroom.

Modern African History Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Avoid the stress of trying to prepare lessons on modern African history by using the lesson plans and corresponding lessons included in this chapter. Our lesson plans are specifically designed so that your students can learn about the major topics they will need to know in order to understand the history of modern Africa. The topics included in this chapter are:

  • Apartheid in South Africa
  • Biography of Nelson Mandela
  • The Rwandan Genocide

Also included in the chapter are in-depth lessons on each topic covered in the lesson plans. These lessons can also be used in your classroom as an additional teaching resource.

How It Helps

  • Key topics: Teaches your students about the key topics related to modern African history
  • Provides timelines: Explains the relevant topics in a clear and comprehensive historical timeline
  • Explains context: Helps your students grasp the historical backgrounds to these topics

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific modern African history topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your world history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related modern 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 historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant modern African history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

35 Lessons in Chapter 9: Modern African History Lesson Plans
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South Africa in the Apartheid Era

1. South Africa in the Apartheid Era

Alongside the American period of segregation and Jim Crow, South Africa remains one of only a handful of countries to legalize and institutionalize racial discrimination. This lesson explains that practice, as well as how it was dismantled.

Nelson Mandela Lesson Plan

2. Nelson Mandela Lesson Plan

Perhaps no other person has had as big an impact on righting the course of one nation's history in the last 100 years as Nelson Mandela. This lesson plan helps you show your students how he overcame challenges to succeed.

Who Was Nelson Mandela? - Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

3. Who Was Nelson Mandela? - Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

This lesson describes the life's work of Nelson Mandela. You will be taken on a journey from his boyhood through the events that helped shape him into the President of South Africa. You will learn about the racial inequality of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela's quest to abolish apartheid there.

Rwanda Genocide Lesson Plan

4. Rwanda Genocide Lesson Plan

The Rwandan Genocide was one of the most tragic events of recent memory. With this lesson plan, you'll have the tools you need to help your students better appreciate the tragic events of the genocide. Find, too, related lessons and additional activity extensions to expand the unit as needed.

The Rwandan Genocide: Facts & Timeline

5. The Rwandan Genocide: Facts & Timeline

Rwanda, like many nations with borders created by a former colonial empire, contains multiple ethnic groups that historically didn't get along. In this lesson we are going to discuss the Rwandan Genocide and see how this tragedy occurred.

Hotel Rwanda Lesson Plan

6. Hotel Rwanda Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about 'Hotel Rwanda'. Students will read a lesson and answer questions about the movie and discuss the power struggle between the Hutus and the Tutsis that led to genocide.

Hotel Rwanda: Summary, History & Quotes

7. Hotel Rwanda: Summary, History & Quotes

''Hotel Rwanda'' tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, who saved a group of refugees during the 1994 Rwandan genocide by hiding them in his hotel. This lesson includes a summary of the film alongside historical facts about the Rwandan genocide.

South African History Lesson Plan

8. South African History Lesson Plan

Teachers, we will explore the great history of South Africa and the ugliness of apartheid. This lesson includes independent reading. activities and a lesson quiz.

South Africa: History, Facts & Cultures

9. South Africa: History, Facts & Cultures

South Africa has a long and complicated history that has a major impact on the nation today. In this lesson, we're going to explore the history of South Africa and see how that defined the population who call this region home.

Tanzania Lesson Plan

10. Tanzania Lesson Plan

Utilizing an informative video and discussion questions, this lesson plan explores the political and economic development of Tanzania. Students will complete a research activity and take a quiz to demonstrate learning.

Tanzania: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

11. Tanzania: Politics, Economy & Culture (1945-Present)

Born from the unity of a former German colony and a former Arab sultanate, Tanzania started its independence heavily leaning towards socialism, but is now coming around to more free market views on economics.

Binyavanga Wainaina's How to Write About Africa Lesson Plan

12. Binyavanga Wainaina's How to Write About Africa Lesson Plan

Increase student understanding of Binyavanga Wainaina's 'How to Write About Africa' with this lesson plan. A text lesson guides students through a summary and analysis of the essay along with discussion questions and application to make concepts stick. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Binyavanga Wainaina's How to Write About Africa: Summary & Analysis

13. Binyavanga Wainaina's How to Write About Africa: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will summarize and analyze Binyavanga Wainaina's satirical essay, 'How to Write About Africa.' Wainaina uses a satirical voice to expose the African cliches and stereotypes often relied upon by Western writers.

Apartheid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

14. Apartheid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about apartheid. Students will read a text lesson explaining the South African governing system and its history. Discuss content and apply concepts to an activity to increase understanding and end with a quiz.

Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

15. Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

Apartheid was a governmental system used in the country of South Africa that organized people by their race. This system was put in place by European settlers to keep power over the African natives.

Child Soldiers in Africa Lesson Plan

16. Child Soldiers in Africa Lesson Plan

Why do many children in Africa end up as child soldiers? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain this horrifying trend. An activity asks students to consider the plight of the child soldier.

Child Soldiers in Africa: History & Facts

17. Child Soldiers in Africa: History & Facts

Unfortunately, the use of child soldiers is not a thing of the past. In this lesson, we're going to talk about this issue in the world today, and see why Africa has become the center of the debate.

African Independence Lesson Plan

18. African Independence Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores Africa's independence, the leaders and organizations who promoted their freedom. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Life in Africa after Independence

19. Life in Africa after Independence

In this lesson, we will learn about African independence in the aftermath of World War II. We'll explore key figures, examine the factors that resulted in African independence, and highlight major events and developments.

Timbuktu Lesson Plan

20. Timbuktu Lesson Plan

Students may have heard of Timbuktu, but what do they know about it? This text-based lesson plan explores the city's history and facts, which students discuss and use to make and play a game.

Timbuktu: History, Location & Facts

21. Timbuktu: History, Location & Facts

There's a popular expression some use to describe a long distance and they say that something is, 'as far away as Timbuktu'. Let's look at the history and facts of this African city and see why we hear this popular saying.

Sub-Saharan Africa Lesson Plan

22. Sub-Saharan Africa Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you show your students the origins, colonization, and culture of sub-Saharan Africa. Students will read text lessons, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Sub-Saharan Africa: History & Countries

23. Sub-Saharan Africa: History & Countries

In this lesson we will explore the formation of modern sub-Saharan African countries. First, we'll look at the division of Africa by European colonists. Then we'll see how this became a source of conflict following decolonization.

Sub-Saharan Africa: People & Culture

24. Sub-Saharan Africa: People & Culture

In this lesson, explore a large part of the African continent. Learn about the billion people who live in more than 40 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Also, discover the religion, food, art and other aspects of the cultures that live there.

Rwandan Genocide Lesson Plan

25. Rwandan Genocide Lesson Plan

The Rwandan Genocide lasted only three months but the effects were devastating. Use this lesson to help your students explore this tragedy. They will create an interactive timeline that depicts the major effects of the Rwandan Genocide.

Darfur Genocide Lesson Plan

26. Darfur Genocide Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about genocide in Darfur. Students will answer questions about the conflict, describe the crisis in Sudan using content-specific language, and research personal testimonies of survivors.

The Darfur Genocide in Sudan - History, Facts & Causes

27. The Darfur Genocide in Sudan - History, Facts & Causes

Darfur is the conflict-torn region located in Sudan. This area has been plagued by war, genocide and violence responsible for displacing countless individuals. In this lesson, you will learn about the background and effects of the Darfur genocide.

Suez Canal Lesson Plan

28. Suez Canal Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, students learn about the history of the Suez Canal through class discussion. Students then work collaboratively in groups to gain a greater understanding of just how important canals can be to shipping efficiency.

The Suez Canal: History, Location & Importance

29. The Suez Canal: History, Location & Importance

The Suez Canal offers ships the shortest route between Europe and Asia, making it one of the most important passageways in the world. Review the canal's history, location, and importance in this lesson.

Education in Africa Essay Prompts

30. Education in Africa Essay Prompts

If your students are learning about life in modern Africa, they may have questions about how education works on the continent. This lesson offers essay topics that will help students learn and think about education in Africa.

African History Essay Topics

31. African History Essay Topics

African history is long, complex, and full of important events that will help your students understand the developments of civilization. This lesson offers essay topics that will encourage students to think deeply and critically about African history.

South Africa Essay Topics

32. South Africa Essay Topics

Whether your students are learning about world geography or focusing on Africa, having them write essays about particular countries can be a great way to promote learning. This lesson offers some essay topics that can get your students exploring South Africa.

Apartheid Lesson Plan

33. Apartheid Lesson Plan

Teach about apartheid through the powerful words of Nelson Mandela. An engaging video lesson that points out key facts is followed by a moving small group project focusing on Mandela's letters. Should you decide to dig a bit deeper, suggestions for extra activities and related lessons are included.

Blood Diamond Lesson Plan

34. Blood Diamond Lesson Plan

This lesson plan allows you to introduce blood diamonds from the Sierra Leone and Liberia Civil War to your students through class and group discussion. An optional movie and extension assignment continues their learning.

Blood Diamond Discussion Questions

35. Blood Diamond Discussion Questions

'Blood Diamond' is a 2006 film by director Edward Zwick about the Sierra Leone Civil War. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this film.

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