History

Resource Guides

  • African and European Images of Each Other
    In their art, Europeans have depicted Africans for over a thousand years. Africans have depicted Europeans for the last 450+ years. Together, these images illustrate major historical changes in relations and attitudes between the peoples of the two continents. Racism and stereotyping have not always existed between the two peoples. Looking at these images allows students to view beautiful art and to interpret its historical significance.

Lesson Plans

  • Language as Evidence: Using Swahili to Understand East African History
    World history teacher Eric Beckman created a resource-rich website for educators to teach about East African history and contemporary society through classroom study of the Swahili language. These lessons are useful for teaching about the Bantu migration, Indian Ocean trade network, imperialism, colonialism, and globalization. Includes multimedia resources and editable powerpoints and worksheets for classroom use.

Resources by Topic

  • Introducing African History through Geography
    This Annenberg Learner resource features a 7th grade teacher who provides her students with an understanding of African history and geography. After creating a personal timeline, the students create a historical timeline of Africa, focusing on the Bantu migrations, the rise of Islam, the West African trading empires, the Turkish empire, the slave trade, and European colonialism. Students take an active role in group work as they create maps and captions that define each period. Ms. Farrow concentrates on the importance of the trading empires and their connection to Africa’s history as a whole. 

  • Empires of Medieval and Ancient Africa
    This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying the empires of Ancient and Medieval Africa, including Nubia, Ghâna, Mali, and Songhai.

  • Teaching about the Swahili Coast, A Resource List with links to videos, websites, lesson plans, and more.
  • Slavery and the Slave Trade 
    Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, an estimated 12.5 million people were forcibly enslaved and transported from Africa to the Americas during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. As one of the largest human migrations to date, this shaped global development culturally, socially, and economically, the effects of which are still visible today. This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying slavery and the slave trade.
  • Colonialism in Africa
    Colonization of Africa is usually taught as a broad concept with continent-wide generalities. In order to humanize this history and have an accurate and holistic understanding of the related but unique phenomena that took place, we focus on in-depth country studies and primary source research.  This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying colonialism in Africa.
  • Independence Movements in Africa 
    This curated resource list contains lesson plans, visuals, teaching materials, and informational website links for teaching about and studying the independence movements in Africa.