In small groups, students will simulate the Scramble for Africa (European Conquest of Africa at the Berlin Conference). This is a 1-2 day lesson that incorporates diffentiated instruction and the upper levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
You can find versions of this activity all over the Internet, but most of what you find are just basic outlines of what to do. I spent many hours compiling all resources and putting it in a pretty format. I also included very specific and practical instructions on how to set up the simulation.
Benefit from my mistakes! I am first to admit this was a WRECK the first hour of the day I used it. I did some quick changes by the next hour, and it improved, but it was still not that good. By my 3rd hour, I had perfected the materials and my delivery. You are getting my final version of all materials.
I personally used this for my formal evaluation with 7th grade Social Studies students in our unit on Africa. My students LOVED this activity, and my principal was very impressed. The students were engaged and able to tell her the objective of our lesson. Best of all, they were able to explain the Scramble for Africa after a weekend.
This simulation is appropriate for middle school through high school students.
You will get the following resources:
-Teacher instructions (how to create the simulation folders and how to set up the entire simulation)
--Role cards and Round cards (copy onto card stock)
--Warm up to start the class
--"Jigsaw" groupings (to easily and randomly group your students)
--Planning round instructions for students
--Conquest round instructions for students
--Simulation questions (for follow up after the activity)
--Maps (pdf files of all necessary maps)
--PowerPoint to use the day of the simulation to walk your students though each part of the simulation (this is the defining thing that made this simulation possible for my middle school students. It allowed me to break it up into manageable chunks. This really impressed my principal.)
**UPDATE** Many files were created in Word and PowerPoint. I updated the files to include PDFs of all Word files and the included PowerPoint so you can use this on a non-Windows machine or without Microsoft Office.
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