This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about Somali history through interpreting a primary source document from explorer Ibn Battuta about the important East African trade center of Mogadishu during the early 1300s.
This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is print off the primary source from the following website for classroom use or direct students to the website to answer the worksheet questions.
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The primary source document is labeled (Mogadishu in 1331 Primary Source Worksheet).
Students read the document and answer the questions on the worksheet. The worksheet includes 10 questions and has an answer sheet for the teacher. The worksheet can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify this assignment as needed for your classes.
Extension Activity: I like to print out the reading and have my students work individually or in small groups using two different highlighter colors to try to find the positive and negative biases of Ibn Battuta about the people and city of Mogadishu. This also really helps students answer question ten on the worksheet:
10. Do you feel Ibn Battuta has a mostly positive or negative views of the people who live in Mogadishu? Please explain your reason!
This extends the activity to a full class period with discussion. You can read the primary source or parts of the primary source as a class. I have included an area on the worksheet for students to write the positives and negatives of Mogadishu in the 1300s.