West African Kingdoms DBQ: Was Mansa Musa the Richest Man Who Ever Lived?

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Purpose of Lesson:

It is difficult for students to navigate the internet and find appropriate primary and secondary sources. In this lesson students will learn how to effectively research a historical question while simultaneously learning about West African Kingdoms during the Middle Ages.

What is Included:

1. Lesson Plan: Complete with Big Ideas, essential questions, student objective and detailed sequence of the lesson. Optional activities and resources are also provided.

2. Timeline: Student handout to establish context (background)

3. Student Research Activity: Students will investigate sources on the internet to determine who are the richest people alive. This activity helps students identify what sources are credible and reliable, and its a fun activity!

4. Primary and Secondary Sources Student Activity: Students will examine various sources and answer text dependent questions. They will also find additional sources on the internet.

5. Research Guide: This interactive handout will help students navigate the internet to find credible and reliable sources in order to answer a historical question.

Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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