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Medieval Africa Unit

Africa Trading Empires Unit Plan: Lesson Activity Set Ghana, Mali, Songhai

Grade levels 4th – 10th, Homeschool
Subjects: Social Studies –  History, World History, Middle Ages

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CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES! Now a COMPLETE UNIT with more engaging Common Core activities and assessments. With over 28 activities, notes, and Common Core assignments/resources, this packet would cost over $80 if bought individually. This is a fantastic way to cover all of the key points for theAfrican trading empires of Ghana Mali and Songhai.

The unit is divided into III parts:


✅1. Africa Geography Mini Bundle with PowerPoint Satellite Map,

Where in the World Scavenger Hunt Map and Activity, Postcard Activity, Travel Blog

or Instagram Geography Assignment

✅2. Africa Vocabulary Mini-Bundle that includes a vocabulary assignment, game, and FUN card matching competition!

✅3. Fantastic PowerPoint notes for all three empires with key vocabulary

✅4. Printable one-pager notes for all three empires

✅5. Printable graphic organizers for all three empires

✅6. Brand New!! Close Reading and Activity Set for Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

✅7.A West African Empire Introduction Investigation – Students analyze primary sources, look at maps and visuals to make predictions about their learning for the unit. It also comes with a summative reflection activity!

✅8. Daily Skill-Based Text Analysis Warm-Ups and Mini-Lessons – Students make inferences and predictions from the text, choose the best evidence to support a claim, cite sources, paraphrase and learn to write strong commentary in these daily skill-based mini-lessons and practice slides.


▶️1. West Africa Empire Common Core Reading Stations and Activity Answer key and vocabulary game station are included!

▶️2. Epic of Sundiata Primary Source Reading Activity Set

▶️3. Ibn Battuta Travel Blog and FACETIME Activity-

Students read Ibn Battuta’s diaries, then create a blog of his journeys or conduct an interview. Both Literacy and Writing based!

▶️4. Common Core Informative Paragraph Activity with example and iPad template. Includes a rubric.

▶️5. Common Core Annotations Activity.

▶️6. Printable homework worksheets based on the notes for all three civilizations

▶️7. Brand New!!!Trans Saharan Trade Map Activity

▶️8. Fun Africa Empires Praise Song project with Rubric

▶️9. Three empires foldable review activity with examples!

▶️10. Linkendin Profile Page (resume) worksheet for African Leaders

▶️11. Mansa Musa Common Core Instagram Selfie

▶️12. Common Core Textbook Analysis Chunk up the Text!

▶️13.Mansa Musa’s Great Journey Common Core Reading and Writing Activity

▶️14. Brand New!!! African Griot Battle Primary Source Activity Set


✍1. Common Core Africa multiple-choice tests and quizzes: Keys included!

✍2. Key Vocabulary FUN class games!

✍3. A Venn diagram that compares all three civilizations with an answer key!

✍4. Jingle Mingle Fun Review Interactive- Students mingle about the room finding partners. When the music stops, students address essential learning questions together!

Our printable and Google Ready content is divided into 8 parts complete with quizzes for geography, vocabulary, and content with reading and writing skill focus. The bundles all have a similar structure for a familiar flow throughout The year. A scope and sequence is provided for easy planning:

I. HISTORY INVESTIGATION INTRODUCTION a fantastic introduction to content and reflection lesson! Students make predictions about learning for the unit.
II. GEOGRAPHY Loaded with instructional materials, geography activities, games, and quizzes!
III. VOCABULARY Tons of choices to ensure student success. Includes a variety of fun, individual and group activities, interactive learning cards sorts, Quizlet online links, class games, and a quiz!
IV. CONTENT INSTRUCTION- NOTES, GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, CLOSE READINGS and STATIONS. The content instructional materials are both student-centered and teacher-driven depending on teacher preference:
V. ACTIVITIES Current, engaging and interactive activities that have students process information.
IV. CONTENT INSTRUCTION- NOTES, GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, CLOSE READINGS and STATIONS. The content instructional materials are both student-centered and teacher-driven depending on teacher preference:
V. ACTIVITIES  Current, engaging and interactive activities that have students process information.
VI. BIG IDEAS REVIEW AND WRITING GUIDESIncludes an introduction, fun summative activities that have students categorize learned content, and great writing guides with essential questions.
VII. WARM-UPS or REVIEW These skill-based warm-ups can be used a daily or as a great review at the end of the unit:
VII. STUDY GUIDES AND ASSESSMENTS- Includes a comprehensive test study guide! Students pre-read the excerpts used in the test to define difficult words and create meaning before being exposed to content questions. The skill-based test that has students categorize, match, interpret text, and find the best evidence in a multiple-choice format!