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Lesson Plan: A Golden Age: Three West African Empires - Grade Seven - Grade 07
Summary:Students will work in groups to research the kingdoms and rulers of Ghana, Mali and Songhay, trade routes and trade goods, and the spread of Islam and the Arabic language. They will show evidence of learning through presentations, graphic organizers, map work and an extended response that includes describing achievements of these empires from two perspectives. The lesson allows each group to decide how to present its findings to the class.
Ohio Standards Connection
Content Area:
Social Studies
Standard: History
Benchmark: D. Describe the effects of interactions among civilizations during the 14 through the 18 centuries.
Indicator: 6. Describe the importance of the West African empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhay including:
1 - Trade routes;
2 - Products;
3 - The spread of the Arabic language;
4 - The spread of Islam.
Standard: Social Studies Skills and Methods
Benchmark: B. Organize historical information in text or graphic format and analyze the information in order to draw conclusions.
Indicator: 1. Describe historical events and issues from the perspectives of people living at the time in order to avoid evaluating the past in terms of today's norms and values.

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