The West and Central Kingdoms, the East and Southern Kingdoms
African Civilizations unit contains 2 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in African Civilizations Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
West and Central African Kingdoms
Students are introduced to west African kingdoms by drawing conclusions about an image of a mosque in the country of Mali. Then they examine the history of several west and central African kingdoms as well as the role of trade in those kingdoms. Next, they explore the empire of Mali and Mansa Musu and explain how trade influenced his empire. Finally, students analyze the early internal African slave trade.
East and Southern African Kingdoms
Students are introduced to early civilizations in east Africa by learning about Aksum in Ethiopia. Then they examine more broadly the east African kingdoms and trade networks. Next, they explore the Great Zimbabwe in southern Africa. They analyze how colonialism in southern Africa was different from that of other parts of Africa. Finally, they write imaginatively about what daily life would have been like in ancient Aksum.