1. Addressing the Past

Source: Journey To Peace

Explore the history of Goree Island and its Slave House, observing how history is remembered and represented. Examine similarities and differences between Goree Island and the way one's local community remembers and represents its history.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Civics: Community & Citizenship. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. AIDS Today

Source: NewsHour Extra

Learn about HIV infection, discrimination and AIDS and research current information and statistics on HIV and AIDS. Explore and compare the AIDS situaton in America and Africa and consider why HIV prevention is essential.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Chronic Conditions. Public/World Health. Civics: Civil and Human Rights. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Analyzing Free and Fair Elections

Source: NewsHour Extra

Examine the qualities of a "free and fair" election, compare them to the U.S. Department of State criteria and evaluate the elections in Nigeria to determine if they are free and fair.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Civics: Comparative Political Systems. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Crisis in Sudan: Responding to Medical Emergencies

Source: NewsHour Extra

Investigate the medical nature of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Describe the nature of cholera, malaria, hepatitis E, Ebola and malnutrition, which have been of major concern to humanitarian aid personnel in this region.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Disease. Public/World Health. Civics: Current Events/Issues. Cultural Studies: African Studies. World History: 1990-present.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Economics: Rwanda: A Nation Recovering and Rebuilding

Source: Wide Angle

Describe the recent history of Rwanda, and explore the genocide of 1994. Identify steps being taken to improve the economy of Rwanda, including increasing education, investing in human capital and diversifying its resource base.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. World History: 1990-present.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Exploring African Culture

Source: Africa

Explore the daily life, oral traditions, religion and cuisine of different African countries, and discover how these aspects of culture are influenced by geography, history and economy.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Folklore. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Holy Land

Source: Wonders Of The African World

Explore the strong religious heritage of Ethiopia as well as the significance of this country to people with African heritage. Dispel some of the common worldwide misconceptions about this country.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. Geography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Nigerian Elections

Source: NewsHour Extra

Explore the recent history of Nigeria and the impact of history and geography upon current events in the region, and identify current challenges facing Nigeria as a new democracy and developing nation. Understand standards of free, fair elections.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Civics: Current Events/Issues. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Oral Tradition and the Blues

Source: The Blues

Explore the African American oral tradition and the relationship of this tradition to the blues. Identify the oral traditions that exist within one's own family.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Folklore. Cultural Studies: African American Studies. Cultural Studies: African Studies. Music.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: Music as Social Protest

Source: Point of View

Learn about a musical band born in a West African refugee camp that chooses to fight back against their circumstances with music. Write new lyrics to an existing song to address a current social issue.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Civics: Civil and Human Rights. Cultural Studies: African Studies. Music.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Slave Kingdoms

Source: Wonders Of The African World

Investigate the claims that the ruling classes of Ghana supported the slave trade by selling their own people. Explore journalism and ethics while creating a class newspaper which explores the economics and ethics of Ghana's African trade routes.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Journalism. Cultural Studies: African American Studies. Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. South Africa after Ten Years of Freedom

Source: NewsHour Extra

Explore the history of South Africa, define the system of apartheid and investigate changes that have come about since the end of this official policy. Describe unique methods used to bring about non-violent change in a violent society.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. Sociology. World History: 1990-present.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. Sudan - Efforts to Avoid Genocide in the Making

Source: NewsHour Extra

Investigate human rights organizations and their efforts worldwide. Examine the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan, discuss whether it should be labeled genocide or ethnic cleansing and explore the legal implications of each label.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Civics: Civil and Human Rights. Cultural Studies: African Studies. World History: 1990-present.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

14. The Beat of the Blues

Source: The Blues

Understand the musical and cultural importance of African drumming. Recognize the role of the backbeat in blues music, and demonstrate steady rhythms in a variety of blues styles.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Cultural Studies: African American Studies. Cultural Studies: African Studies. Music.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

15. The Queen of Sheba

Source: In Search of Myths and Heroes

Explore the story of the Queen of Sheba, and compare the legend across cultures. Research primary sources and create a project on the story of the Queen of Sheba and how the story is passed on in cultural and religious teachings.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Mythology. Cultural Studies: African Studies. Geography. Religion.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

16. The Road To Timbuktu

Source: Wonders Of The African World

Examine the mysteries of the city of Timbuktu and its surrounding geographic regions. Research a topic associated with the history, location, climate, chronology, religion or leaders of this West African state.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. Geography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

17. The Role of Women in the United States and Kenya

Source: Frontline / World

Compare gender roles existing in the United States and Kenya. Analyze the roles and responsibilities of women in Kenya and how those who choose various career paths balance family and work outside of the home.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

18. The Swahili Coast

Source: Wonders Of The African World

Examine the origins of the Swahili people and their Arab roots. List the ethnic, national and cultural influences that are considered cultural universals, and compare and contrast similarities and differences of past and modern civilizations.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. Cultural Studies: 6-8 Eastern Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan