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Ghanian Kente Watercolor Salt Project

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Ghanian Kente cloth with its beautiful geometric patterns and bright colors truly captures the vibrancy of West African culture.  It’s no wonder Kente cloth made a recent comeback in fashion.  If you’re a 7th grade history teacher looking for a fun activity to include in your West Africa unit, this inexpensive art project incorporates themes of geography, natural resources […]

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McDougal Littel’s ClassZone West Africa Geography Practice (Textbook Not Required)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

Guiding Question: How did geography shape the development of West African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai? Objective: SWBAT identify the locations of medieval West African trading empires and examine the ways geography shaped the cultural, religious, political, and economic landscape of Africa over time In this activity, students will label their physical maps of […]

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West Africa Review Game (power point)

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

This review game is a great way to tie together the Medieval Africa Unit before a test.  Divide students into teams, distribute whiteboards and dry erase markers, and begin!   West Africa Review Game Alia Klein.”West Africa Review Game (power point)”. September 2007. PowerPoint presentation.

Writing Assignment: How did Islam Impact West Africa?

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.5 Once students have read through a […]

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Mansa Musa and the Kingdom of Mali

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, English, Grade 7, Lessons, Writing

California Content Standard(s): 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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and […]

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The Growth of Trade and Cultural Diffusion

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, 9th grade social science, Lessons

As the Bantus in Africa increased trade with Arabs traders from the Middle East, Arab language, culture and religion began to permeate throughout Central and Southern Africa.  As a result, many Africans converted to Islam and picked up Arabic (or at least Swahili- a mixture of Bantu and Arabic).  This power point and cloze notes […]

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The Empire of Ghana- McDougal Littell Textbook Cloze Notes

Posted Eureka Lessons 7th Grade Social Science, Lessons

If you use the McDougal Littell textbook World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times, California Edition, you will appreciate this set of cloze notes for chapter 5, section 2 on “The Empire of Ghana”.  The Empire of Ghana book notes