Historical African Landmarks

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Celebrate African history this year by highlighting four of Africa's greatest landmarks. These four landmarks span centuries of African history, are not Egyptian (there's nothing wrong with that but the continent is huge), and highlight the history and accomplishments of Africans.

This resource is text-heavy. Students will do a lot of reading about these landmarks. It is not a very interactive resource. This is purposeful. Most of us don't know anything about these landmarks which means we need an opportunity to learn about them. Each resource includes a summary that asks students to select their favorite pieces of information but I decided I didn't want graphic organizers or other activities. I wanted students to write in full sentences and to think about how to explain each landmark to someone else.

Which landmarks?

  • Great Zimbabwe
  • Kilwa Kisiwani
  • Jebal Barkal
  • University of Sankore
  • Mogadishu

Why Mogadishu? It isn't a landmark.

That's right. It is a great African city with a very long documented history. I wanted to highlight the history of a city that most of us don't think about often but has a varied and full history. The history of Mogadishu covers from its founding through today.

This is a print-and-go resource and also includes a TpT Easel™ activity. The activity is simply ready-to-go textboxes for students to write their answers. Simple, yes but also prep-free for you. If you are looking for a Google Classroom™ version click here.


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