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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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