West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
West Africa Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations
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West Africa Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for a West Africa unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!

COMMON CORE ALIGNED! Aligned with West Africa - Interactive Notebook

Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) West African Society and Trade

-Trade and natural resources helped kingdoms rise to power in West Africa.

-The importance of salt and gold and how that allowed Ghana to become a prosperous empire.

-Description of age sets and village society

-Description the resources found (dates, kola nuts, trees, iron, gold etc.)

Keywords: age sets, savannah, extended families, Sahara

2.) The Ghana Empire and its Collapse

-Description of its location between the two rivers and the first people (the Soninke) to develop a civilization there

-The capital city (Kumbi Saleh) and how it became an oasis for travelers and traders.

-Tunka Manin and other powerful rulers during the Ghana Empire

-description of trade and how it became a prosperous empire

-The decline and collapse of Ghana beginning in the 1200’s. The three possible reasons (over-grazing, invasions, and internal fighting) that attributed to the collapse.

Keywords: Tunka Manin, Ghana Empire, Kumbi Saleh,

3.) Mansa Musa and the Mali Empire

-Location of the Mali Empire (along the upper Niger River)

-Description of how Sundiata helped Mali first rise to power (created an army and overtook kingdoms and territories) He took over gold and salt trades.

-Overview of Mansa Musa and how he spread Islam during his rule - His achievements (capturing major cities)

-The hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and how he made Mali famous

Keywords: Mansa Musa, Sundiata, hajj, Mali Empire

4.) Sunni Ali and the Songhai Empire

-Introduction how the empire began as part of Mali’s empire

-Description of Sunni Ali’s achievements (reigned during 1464-1492) (transformed Gao into the empire of Songhai, strengthened and unified empire)

-His son took over the throne after his death in 1492, Askia Muhammad

Keywords: Sunni Ali, Songhai Empire

5.) West Africa Art and Traditions

-Introductory/overview about the different types of traditions, including oral history and Griot storytellers, West African proverbs, masks, sculptures, dance, etc.

-Describes the art and unique designs of kente cloth

-Describes West African proverbs and oral history

-Describes West African art: including masks, sculptures, music, instruments and dance

Keywords: oral history, griots, proverbs, kente cloth, proverbs

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