This biography profiles Mansa Musa, the leader of the Mali empire during the early 14th century.
Tracing his rise to the throne, the biography focuses on Musa's pilgrimage to Mecca, during which he brought a reported 60 thousand attendants and 12 thousand slaves (each carrying 4-pound gold bars). The biography also relates Musa's contributions to the spread of Islam in Africa.
The biography includes a series of questions based on the reading.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences.
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
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