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Exploring Africa!

Introduction to Curriculum Resources

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. Each unit is divided into thematic, disciplinary, regional, or country modules. Each module is comprised of four to eight learning activities. The learning activities in each module vary in length of time needed for completion. Consequently, each module will take between two and five standard 50-minute class periods to complete. Teachers are free to select one or two learning activities from a module or to complete all of the learning activities.

Each module plan in our curricublum follows a carefully prepared format. This format has been developed in accordance with standard lesson and module plans in middle and high school social studies. The core of each module are teaching and learning activities that follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate. Each module and lesson also includes teacher background notes and guidelines designed to aid teachers in the most effective use of the learning and teaching activities.

Map of Curriculum

Unit One: Why Study Africa

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

Additional Curriculum

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.

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