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Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa/Crash Course World History

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Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa/Crash Course World History


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John Green teaches you about Sub-Saharan Africa! So, what exactly was going on there? It turns out, it was a lot of trade, converting to Islam, visits from Ibn Battuta, trade, beautiful women, trade, some impressive architecture, and several empires. John not only covers the West African Malian Empire, which is the one Mansa Musa ruled, but he discusses the Ghana Empire and even gets over to East Africa as well to discuss the trade-based city-states of Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Zanzibar. In addition to all this, John considers emigrating to Canada.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 8
World History to 1500
13 ) Compare the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai to include geography, religions, slave trade, economic systems, empires, and cultures.

•  Tracing the spread of language, religion, and customs from one African civilization to another
•  Illustrating the impact of trade among Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
Examples: using map symbols, interpreting distribution maps, creating a timeline

Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Compare the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • matrilineal
  • trade
  • Dhow
  • interpreting
  • distribution maps
  • timeline
  • economic systems
  • extended family
  • Sub-Saharan
  • Sahel
  • animism
  • Swahili
  • Bantu
  • migrations
  • clan
  • tribe
  • ancestor worship
Students know:
  • How geography, natural resources, movements of people, and trade influenced the early African civilization.
  • The most prevalent spiritual beliefs that existed in the early African civilizations.
Students are able to:
  • Understand textual evidence of primary and secondary sources.
  • Locate places on a map.
  • Describe how geography influenced culture.
  • Create a timeline.
  • Understand map symbols.
  • Interpret distribution maps.
  • Identify and trace trade and migration patterns on a map.
Students understand that:
  • There were important developments in the early African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.8.13- Identify Africa on a world map; recognize the language, religion, and customs of one early African kingdom, including Ghana, Mali, and Songhai; identify the importance of the gold and salt trade and Timbuktu.

Tags: African civilization, Islam, Mali, religions, slave trade
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Author: Ginger Boyd