Writing Assignment: How did Islam Impact West Africa?

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California Content Standards: 7.4. 3. Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.4.4. Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa.


Once students have read through a variety of primary/secondary texts, they should be able to identify the many impacts Islam had on West African language, culture, and beliefs.  For this assignment, students will use their notes or textbooks (or you can even make this an web-based research project) to construct a paragraph answering the question, "How did Islam impact West Africa?"  Use the following resources to guide your students through the process.

  1. Brainstorm Ideas
  2. Distribute essay grading rubrics and go over expectations with students
  3. "Islam Impact Essay Organizer"- students organize their thoughts and write well constructed sentences
  4. Present 2 sample essays to students and have them grade them using the rubric
  5. Students write rough draft
  6. Students peer edit
  7. Students submit essays

Impact of Islam W_Africa Essay

Alia Klein."Writing Assignment: How did Islam Impact West Africa?". September 2007. Lesson Plan.