This PowerPoint presentation has definitions, pictures, animations and multimedia aspects on African civilizations & trading states. It features activities for students to exercise their critical thinking skills and recall the information. Material covered: African geography, resources, trading networks, terms & definitions such as desertification, slash-and-burn agriculture, and lineage. It also covers the Mali, Songhai, Ethiopian and Zulu kingdoms, African women & lifestyle as well as covers the decline and colonization of Africa. Finally, it is common core compatible with built in questioning and reasoning, and it even includes an art history dimension. This is a must have for a serious educator.