Through these assignments students will work individually and work together to understand reasons why Africans were fighting back during the time of Imperialism in Africa and why many of these resistance movements will ultimately fail. All of these assignments can be done with class, or some of the individual assignments could be completed as homework.
Close Readings: Students will each receive one close reading which will teach them about a single resistance movement that took place in Africa during this time of Imperialism. Through these readings students will discover different factors that led to Africans failing to get rid of the Europeans.
Students will read through their close reading, annotating as they go. This should include circling unknown words and defining them in the margins. They should also highlight or underline key points, details, and answers to the questions at the end of the reading. Through this students will be able to learn the details of their resistance movement and what factors led to its success or failure.
Small Group Discussion: When all students have had a chance to complete their readings they will get put into groups of three, each group member having read a different close reading. Students will take turns presenting what they learned from their reading. As they do so their group mates will listen and fill out their charts by answering questions about each resistance movement. Students will also fill out the chart for their own movement that they read about. This will give students a general view of the other resistance movement, and will give students the opportunity to see common factors that led to success or failure among the Africans’ fight against the Europeans.
Poster/News Article Assignment: When all groups have had an opportunity to share with each other students will go back to their seats for one more individual assignment connected with their close reading. Students will know put themselves in the shoes of someone that would have been around during this time in history. They will be given two options and will pick one for their next assignment.
I have run this assignment through my 7th Grade Social Studies class and through a 10th grade history class. Students are able to complete everything in about two hours or so. Often students will take their posters home to put extra time into them.
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