West and Central Africa: History and Its Influence, Part 2


World Cultures Sub-Saharan Africa West and Central Africa: History and Its Influence, Part 2
Students explore the growing nationalist and independence movements that developed in West and Central Africa during the twentieth century. They learn about the West and Central African countries that gained independence in 1960, and they individually research the specific progression of independence in one of those countries. Finally, students write a diary entry imagining what it might have been like to be a middle school student at the time of their country's independence.

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In this experience, students explore the growing nationalist and independence movements that developed in West and Central Africa during the twentieth century. They learn about the West and Central African countries that gained independence in 1960, and they individually research the specific progression of independence in one of those countries. Finally, students write a diary entry imagining what it might have been like to be a middle school student at the time of their country’s independence.

Objective:

  • Describe and evaluate nationalist and independence movements in West and Central Africa.


Although 90% of Africa was once colonized by European countries, today Africa is made up of countries that gained their independence in the twentieth century. How did these countries gain their independence? And how has that independence—and the legacy of colonialism—influenced these countries? That’s the topic for this experience!

Objective:

  • Describe and evaluate nationalist and independence movements in West and Central Africa.




Freedom. Independence. Think about those words for a minute.


If you are a free and independent person, what are some features of your life? Record your ideas in phrases or sentences.

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Discuss student responses to the words freedom and independence. Students will likely talk about ideas of rights or the ability to do what they want whenever they want. They might talk about not having to “obey” anyone else or submit to other powers.

Now ask students “If you do not have freedom or independence, what is life like?” Discuss their responses to this as well.


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