The Exploring Africa! curriculum is divided into units, modules, and learning activities. Each unit covers a major topic or theme in the study of Africa, which is then divided into thematic, disciplinary, regional, or country modules. Each module is comprised of learning activities, which are each aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The learning activities in each module vary in length of time needed for completion. Both students and teachers should feel free to navigate through the units, modules, and learning activities autonomously, or communally with a class, study partner, or teacher. Feel free to select one or two learning activities from a module, or complete all of the learning activities in the order in which they are presented.
For students, Exploring Africa! can be a wonderful learning tool, right at your fingertips. You may guide yourself through the informative lessons and interactive learning activities, and also submit your own work in the Activity Journal section of this site. The Activity Journal is a tab on the main toolbar of the site, which has instructions for how to use it on that page.
For teachers, we offer an Exploring Africa Lesson Plans digital booklet in our store if you want to bring Exploring Africa! into your classroom. The Exploring Africa Lesson Plans digital booklet consists of numerous lesson plans designed around our curriculum, and includes homework sheets, information sheets, and additional helpful text and information to supplement your lesson plans. Each lesson plan is only one way to teach this curriculum, so please feel free to adapt each lesson to your unique classrooms as needed.
To use the Activity Journal, you will need to have a username and password to login and comment on posts. You can be an individual with a login, or an entire classroom that shares the same login, whichever works best for your needs! When it comes to answering the questions for the activities in each module, go to the Activity Journal page and find the appropriate post that corresponds with the module and activity number for the questions you are answering. After finding the correct post, you can submit your answers by “replying” or “commenting” to that post. If an activity calls for discussion, simply reply to other people’s posts with questions or comments to get a dialogue forming.
We hope that the use of the Activity Journal helps promote agency in student learning, as well as the added efficiency and usability that comes with incorporating technology into education.
Unit One: Why Study Africa
|Module One||Exploring the Diversity of Africa|
|Module Two||Learning about Africa|
|Module Three||Examining Africa’s Diversity|
|Module Four||Examining Africa’s Global Connections|
|Module Five||Looking Back|
Unit Two: Studying Africa through the Social Studies
|Module Six||African Geography|
|Module Seven||A. African History until 1500|
|B. African History 1500 to the Present|
|Module Eight||Culture and Society in Africa|
|Module Nine||African Economies|
|Module Ten||African Politics and Government|
Unit Three: Studying Africa through the Humanities
|Module Eleven||African Literatures|
|Module Twelve||African Art|
|Module Thirteen||African Music|
|Module Fourteen||Religion in Africa|
|Module Fifteen||Africa and the World|
Unit Four: Regional Perspectives
|Module Sixteen||North Africa|
|Module Seventeen||West Africa|
|Module Eighteen||Central Africa|
|Module Nineteen||East Africa|
|Module Twenty||Southern Africa|
Unit Five: Country Case Studies
|Module Twenty One||Egypt|
|Module Twenty Two||Ethiopia|
|Module Twenty Three||Senegal|
|Module Twenty Four||Ghana|
|Module Twenty Five||Nigeria|
|Module Twenty Six||Tanzania|
|Module Twenty Seven||Congo|
|Module Twenty Eight||Kenya|
|Module Twenty Nine||South Africa|
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy
The African Studies Center and MATRIX digital humanities center at Michigan State University have created an online curriculum resource about South Africa with multimedia primary materials, including many interviews and video clips.