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Classroom Activities

Create a time line of African history with major names connected to significant institutions or events that mark a particular historical period (e.g., early empires, slave trade, colonialism, independence). Consider including comparisons to events in other parts of the world, some with an impact on African history and some as interesting counterpoints.

Each student researches and represents a different African country. Consider various features such as climate, occupations, major cities, religious language or ethnic groups, colonizer, official language, history.

Do the same for a Caribbean island and identify its historical and cultural links to Africa. Make maps which illustrate the movement of imports and exports, natural resources of different countries and regions of Africa.

Make a bulletin board of Current Events in Africa. Post newspaper and magazine clippings. Find the basic themes as represented in these stories. Use your knowledge of the history of the particular country or region to provide more depth to the immediate facts or analyses provided in the story.

Do a map quiz where students identify countries, capitals, and major geographic features.                                                                                   


- Learn greetings in a local language.

- Links on the African Studies Program website listed

- Learn a local proverb and explain its meaning. [See books in Resources.]

- Find music from a local tradition or artist from an area where students have researched.

- Ask students to recall celebrations that they have attended such as weddings, parties and family gatherings. Talk about the role that music and dancing played on such occasions.

- Discuss with students ceremonious events or rituals in their life; i.e., weddings, birthdays, holidays, religious occasions.

- Ask students to design a ceremony or performance about an important occasion in their life.

- Create masks. They can be drawn or made out of papier mache.

- Teach students the numbers from one to ten in the Mandinka language.

1 - Killing (kee-ling)
2 - Fulla (fuu-lah)
3 - Sabba (sah-bah)
4 - Naani
5 - Luulu
6 - Wooro
7 - Wooruwula
8 - Seyy (Sey-yeh)
9 - Konongtu
10 - Tang

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