The following 75-minute, common core aligned lesson/worksheet focuses on an overview of the West African trading empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. This lesson typically follows the African Geography lesson I have available for purchase on TPT. The worksheet includes a variety of student-centered activities designed to develop critical thinking skills and foster class discussion. Several activities include:
• Do now - Primary source reading with questions – perfect for discussion.
• Primary and secondary source readings on each of the major West African Empires (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai) with brief focus on Mansa Musa and Ibn Battuta. Includes many critical thinking questions and writing opportunities.
• Includes link to “historyteachers” music video on Mansa Musa. – Kids love them!
• Venn Diagram Activity
NEW! Answer key included!
NEW! Twitter activity - Tweet that your West African empire is the greatest!
NEW! Improved formatting!
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West African Trading Empires Worksheet & PP - Global/World History Common Core
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