This is a 4-5 week unit on the African Empires: Ghana, Mali and Songhai. This unit address the Common Core standard of why empires grow along African trade routes and how the slave trade impacted Africa. The rubric allows for your student to self-assess along with your evaluation.
In this unit students will complete political and physical maps, research on the empires using a KWL chart, create Venn-Diagram, use those as resources to write an Essay on the African Empires where they will compare/contrast and form opinions, complete research on slave trade and write a RAFT where they will take the role of a Griot storyteller.
This is an all inclusive unit that includes: lesson plans for the 4-5 week unit, Student direction sheet for all 4 parts of the project, KWL graphic organizer, prewriting organizer for essay, prewriting organizer for RAFT and a rubric for all 4 parts of the project. PDF format. Give the students the rubric in advance so that it can double as a direction sheet of what to include in their RAFT.