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African Civilizations

(1500 B.C. - 700 A.D.)

African Civilizations

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: Diverse Societies in Africa


Students will identify Sahara, Sahel, savanna, animism, griot, Nok and Djenne-Djeno.

Students will analyze how newcomers can change a community.

Students will survey the different vegetation regions of Africa.

Students will explain why Africans might continue to live a nomatic lifestyle.

Students will examine how and why women find water for their families.

Students will summarize why griots were important to African societies. 

Students will analyze Nok sculpture and African ironworking.

Students will compare the ways the cultures of Djenne-Djeno and the Nok were alike. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 219.

2) Read pages 220 - 224 in course textbook.

Session 2: Migration (Case Study: Bantu - Speaking Peoples)


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify migration, push-pull factors, and Bantu - speaking peoples.

Students will examine the effects of push -pull factors on environmental, economical and political migration factors. 

Students will determine which of the effects of migration they think are most negative and explain why. 

Students will explain how the Bantu dealt with the problems they encountered in their migrations.

Students will summarize the relationship between Bantu and Swahili. 

Students will analyze how Bantu migrations changed the history of Africa.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 224.

2) Read pages 225 - 229 in course textbook.

Session 3: The Kingdom of Aksum


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Aksum, Adulis, Ezana and terraces.

Students will summarize how Aksum's location and interactions with other regions affected its development. 

Students will analyze a quote from Cosmas' Travellers in Enthopia text. 

Students will analyze the global impact of a paved road from Aksum to Rome. 

Students will summarize the conditions that led to Aksum becoming Christian. 

Students will examine the Pillars of Aksum.

Students will describe how the Muslim conquest of Africa affected the kingdom of Aksum.

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