Teaching Medieval Africa is so much fun, and it is usually something that students in middle school are learning about for the first time so they are interested, too.
This product covers: Islam reaching Northern Africa, Islam spreading through merchants into Ghana, the progression of Islam from being an unpopular and mysterious religion to the official religion in Mali, and finally. by the time Songhai rises, the guiding principals for law in the empire. (emphasis on the role of trade, location, the merchant-scholar class)
This presentation is not one that requires students to sit quietly taking down each and every word. I embedded slides to get discussions going in your classroom, and I created a full guided notes foldable so that students are doing less writing, and more engaging. Students need this basic info in their notebooks to study and build on for more complex assignments later, but that doesn't mean they can't engage with you while jotting it down. At the end of the foldable, students will answer two discussion questions to wrap up the whole lesson, and help you check for understanding.
This can be printed and given to partners and groups to complete, it can be uploaded into Google Classroom or a similar platform to be completed prior to class or independently, or you can go through it as a whole class and have some engaging discussions.
I hope that you enjoy using this in your classroom!