African Studies Center

Lesson Plans on Africa

In November, 2007, fifteen N.C. educators came together at a workshop sponsored by World View to discuss contemporary issues in Islamic Africa. The teachers created lesson plans for their students based on the content of the workshop. The lesson plans available here are those developed by the participants.
  • Au Marche Sandaga ŗ Dakar Grades: 2-5 Description: Students will visit le Marche Sandaga to purchase items needed for Ceebu jen , a flavorsome marinated fish cooked with tomato paste and a variety of vegetables. Student will also use basic French phrases to communicate with the merchants.
  • Contemporary North Africa: A Sociological Perspective Grades: 10-12 Description: Students are a team of travel writers assigned with writing a book about the contemporary lifestyle of a North African country.
  • Crisis in Darfur Grades: 9-12 Description: Group study of the current crisis in Sudan and Darfur.
  • Johnny Appleseed in the Sahel; or, the Giving Tree Grades: 7 Description: How can the ownership of a tree send children to school, end malnutrition, and turn back the Saharan Desert? This lesson will teach how manís interaction with the environment is influenced by the governmental policies and economic system of Niger.
  • Pastoralists and Agrarians: Identifying Connections between Historical and Contemporary Migration Grades: 7-10 Description: Migration is a recurring theme in world history. Students will recognize the complex interactions between groups of people who come in contact with one another, using the Aryan migration into India and the current conflict in Darfur. They should be able to explain that conflicts in these areas have many causes including the relationship between agrarians and pastoralists.
  • What is Islam? Grades 3-5 Description: The learner will gain the basic concepts behind Islam as well as the 5 pillars of Islam. After brainstorming about the different religious groups that comfortably co-exist in our community, the children will learn that there are two basic groups if Muslims.