Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects

Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
Ancient West Africa Unit - Ghana, Mali & Songhai - 10 Activities & Projects
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Students will have the opportunity to work individually, with partners and in a group to create or complete the following activities and projects about ancient West Africa (Ghana, Mali & Songhai): advertisements, commercials, poems, talk shows, brochures, book jackets, movie trailers, scrapbooks, speeches, board games, currencies, skits and newspapers.

Create a Real Estate Ad or Commercial
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Your students will assume the role of real estate agents from ancient West Africa. They can work on their own or collaboratively to convince homebuyers to move to a kingdom of their choice - Ghana, Mali, or Songhai. Your students can create a commercial that would be on TV or an advertisement that would be found in a magazine or newspaper. The resource includes five requirements, five advertising strategies, two rubrics, a planning guide and templates.

Write a Civilization Poem
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After students learn about the ancient West African empires, they are going to write a poem about one of the following: Ghana, Mali or Songhai. The poem follows a specific format, similar to a biography poem. This product is a great end-of-unit project and a helpful way to review for a quiz or test. The resource includes detailed requirements, a template, required historical topics and a rubric.

Talk Show: Ancient West African Kings
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Your students will work in groups of four to plan and present a talk show about life in the ancient empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. The talk show that your students will create will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. One student will represent the host and the three remaining students should each choose to represent a king from the empires. Your students will improve upon skills such as public speaking, collaboration, writing and research. The resource includes a list of six kings (two from each empire) to choose from, an explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric, eight sample questions, a planning guide and an editing checklist.

Achievements Brochure
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The Festivals and Events Committee will be hosting the first annual festival to celebrate the achievements of ancient west Africans of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. All aspects of the festival have been inspired by those achievements. The purpose of the festival is to teach people about the achievements and to celebrate and enjoy them. The committee is looking to hire a small team of experts to plan and carry out the festival. As members of the planning committee, the task of your students is to create a festival brochure. The resource includes requirements, topic and rubric and four brochure templates.

Create a Biography Book Jacket
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One of the best ways to learn about historical figures is by reading biographies. Your students are going to design the book jacket of a chosen ancient west African king's biography. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on historical evidence. The resource includes requirements, topics, names of six kings to choose from, a rubric and a book jacket template.

Four Choice Projects: Movie Trailer, Speech, Scrapbook or Poem
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Students will have an opportunity to show off what they learned about a chosen ancient African king by completing one of the following projects: movie trailer, scrapbook, farewell speech and epic poem. Students can work individually or with a partner depending on their project choice. The resource includes requirements for each choice project, names of six kings to choose from, four rubrics. 

Create a Board Game
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This project is a really fun and creative way for students to show off what they learned about the ancient west African empires of Ghana, Mali & Songhai. Students will create the rules and directions for the game, create the required pieces, and create a colorful and detailed board game. The resource includes directions, requirements, topics, a rubric, game board and card templates, spinners, game pieces, dice template and game money.

Create a Currency
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Your students live in ancient west Africa in the empire of Ghana, Mali or Songhai. The king has just hired your students as artisans to create currency that reflects the chosen empire. The resource includes seven requirements, suggested topics, a rubric, a chart about the phrases and images of the American dollar bill, an answer key and four currency templates (half and full page options).

Create a Skit
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Students will work in groups of four to write, direct and perform a skit about various topics related to ancient Africa, with a focus on one of the following empires: Ghana, Mali or Songhai. Students will choose (or be assigned) to one of four possible roles (researcher, playwright, director, creative designer). The resource includes a description of responsibilities of four student roles, seven steps to complete the project, a list of eight topics to choose from, a rubric and a reflection page.

Create a Newspaper
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This project gives students the opportunity to delve deep into many aspects of a chosen ancient African empire - Ghana, Mali or Songhai. Students will pretend to be journalists who live in ancient West Africa. Their task is to capture the major events and issues of the time. There are six sections of the newspaper that students can complete, including news stories, interviews and advertisements. The resource includes a detailed explanation of each component required in the newspaper, a rubric and twelve pages of newspaper templates.
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