Reflecting on Your Practice
- How would you develop a lesson to make African history accessible to your students?
- How do you organize complex topics into manageable subtopics?
- What are some specific strategies you use to teach students to interpret data and make connections between the data and what they are learning?
- How do you uncover and correct student misconceptions when teaching about world regions and other cultures?
- How might you use the multi-text approach in your curriculum?
Taking It Back to Your Classroom
- To get a more objective idea of the history and culture of a foreign country, it is useful to consider the perspective of people native to that country. For example, have students research the colonial period in African history, using sources written from an African as well as a Western perspective. Ask students to use at least two sources from each perspective, and to compare accounts. Ask students to explain why there are different interpretations of the same event.
- Ask students to categorize information about African history to share with others: for example, important events that occurred in different parts of Africa during the same historical period.
- Ask students to research one key era in African history, and give them a choice as to how they present their findings (for example, by writing a summary or giving a presentation).
- After studying several aspects of African history, have a class debate about a recent issue that links history and geography (for example, should reparations be given to the ancestors of slaves in the United States?).
- After using different types of resources to research one area of the world, ask students to create a similar set of resources related to another region or historical period.
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