Specific African Countries

Case Studies in Colonialism: Algeria and Morocco

In the video below, Boston University Professor of History Diana Wylie warns of the danger of broad generalizations about colonialism in Africa. To illustrate the complexity and idiosyncrasies of colonialism found throughout the continent, Professor Wylie compares and contrasts the colonial experiences specifically in Algeria and Morocco.

  • Ghana Resources
    A list of mixed media resources for teachers to teach elementary level students about Ghanaian geography, life and culture.
  • Ghana Proverbs
    A short list of proverbs commonly used in Ghana. Proverbs are vital to understanding the values and beliefs that a culture holds important.
  • Ghana Culture Kit
    A window into Ghanaian life. Rent this kit and use items from Ghana such as, school uniforms, books and  homework, to teach elementary students about Ghanaian life.
  • Virtual Ghana Kit
    A virtual version of the Ghana culture kit to help teach about Ghanaian life through powerpoints, guides and photographs of the items in the Ghana culture kit.
  • Kingdom of Ghana
    An 11th century description of the Kingdom of Ghana, written by a member of a prominent Spanish Arab family. The questions that follow the description make it a useful teaching resource to help students better understand Ghanaian history.

  • Mau Mau Rebellion
    A selection of resources about the Mau Mau rebellion, a critical turning point in Kenya’s history. Includes background information, articles, worksheets, and videos to better understand Kenya’s independence from British colonization.
  • Kenya Culture Kit
    A window into Kenyan Life. Purchase this kit to teach about Kenyan life through artifacts, articles, posters and photographs.
  • Virtual Kenya Kit
    A virtual version of the Kenya culture kit to help teach about Kenyan life through powerpoints, guides and photographs of the items in the Kenya culture kit.
  • The Swahili
    A series of resources, including websites, videos and print materials, to teach about Swahili life and culture.
  • Swahili Proverbs
    A list of Swahili proverbs, illustrating important values in Swahili culture, and some activities to better understand the importance of proverbs.

Film Guides

  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell: A Women’s Peace Movement in Liberia
    Created by high school teacher Frank Swoboda, this film guide focuses on comparative topics like the causes and effects of war and conflict, responses to oppression and violence, nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, human rights, women’s participation in society, and peace-building and peacekeeping.

  • Kingdom of Mali
    A description of the King of Mali’s visit to Cairo in 1324, written by Al-Umari. The questions that follow the description make it a useful teaching resource to help students better understand the history of Mali and how the King of Mali saw himself.
  • Sundiata: An Epic
    A timeline of the Malian Empire, plus a list characters and quotes from the Sundiata epic. A series of questions on each chapter in the Sundiata epic can be used by teachers to help students understand the founding of the Malian Empire.

    • Why this Epic?
      A brief explanation as to why it is important to learn about the Sundiata epic.

Case Studies in Colonialism: Algeria and Morocco

In the video below, Boston University Professor of History Diana Wylie warns of the danger of broad generalizations about colonialism in Africa. To illustrate the complexity and idiosyncrasies of colonialism found throughout the continent, Professor Wylie compares and contrasts the colonial experiences specifically in Algeria and Morocco.

  • Nigeria
    A list of mixed media resources for teachers to teach elementary level students about Nigerian life and culture.
  • Nigerian Proverbs
    A short list of proverbs commonly used in Nigeria. Proverbs are vital to understanding the values and beliefs that a culture holds important.
  • Boko Haram: Behind the Headlines
    An excellent teaching resource looking past the media portrayals of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. The media can often exaggerate or inaccurately portray events, especially those concerning African countries.
  •  My Grandfather is a Magician in the Elementary classroom
    An exemplary teaching resource for elementary students exploring the idea of work and why people work through the fictional text My Grandfather is a Magician by Ifeoma Onyefulu.
  • Interview with Nigerian Author Ifeoma Onyefulu
    A video interview with the author of My Grandfather is a Magician.
    This interview illustrates the importance of African Children’s Books to teaching and learning about African countries.

Academic Articles

  • The Joola: The Geographical Dimensions of Africa’s Greatest Shipwreck
    Created by the ASC’s 2016 Fulbright-Hays participant Karen Barton, this interactive article explores the untold histories and legacies of the 2002 Joola shipwreck in Senegal, which killed an estimated 1,863 people. Despite more casualties than the Titanic, there has been no academic attention to the wide-reaching impact of the Joola. This article explores the incident through a geographic lens and by doing so, allows the traumatic event and the thousands of people affected to be adequately memorialized.

Case Studies in Colonialism: Senegal

In the video below, Boston University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program Fallou Ngom focuses on the specificities of colonialism in Senegal and how Senegal’s unique history and culture shaped and were shaped by the colonial experience.

Film Guides

Lesson Plans

  • South African Short Stories: Apartheid, Civil Rights, and You
    Created by high school teacher Carol Marshall, these lesson plans will not only introduce students to a diverse group of South African writers and literature, but also help students to begin to understand how apartheid created discriminatory and despicable laws, boundaries, and limitations for those who lived in South Africa during this time period. Additionally, students will explore how race in America impacted citizens here in a profound way through a lesson plan on the Little Rock Nine.

Additional Resources

  • The US Responds to Apartheid (Curriculum)
    A teaching resource looking into the responsibility of both corporations and individual Americans towards apartheid.
  • Teaching About South Africa
    A list of mixed media resources for teachers to teach elementary level students and young adults about South African life and culture.
  • Tswana Proverbs
    A short list of Tswana proverbs. Proverbs are vital to understanding the values and beliefs that a culture holds important.
  • The Story of Africa: South Africa (BBC World Service-Africa)
    A brief BBC article about the impact of European colonialism on South Africa. A good basis for understanding the beginning of the apartheid system in South Africa.
  • On Nelson Mandela
    A list of mixed media teaching resources for K-12 about Nelson Mandela, apartheid and the struggle for freedom and independence in South Africa.
  • A Man of Rain, Thunder and Lightning: Freedom Required More than Reconciliation; A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
    A brief article exploring the way Americans remember Nelson Mandela and how people should not forget the struggles Mandela faced throughout his life, fighting for freedom and equal rights in South Africa.

  • Islam Africa
    It is critical for all students to understand that Islam is woven throughout the African continent. A list of resources, demonstrating how history, culture and religion intersect in Muslim communities in Tanzania.