Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you approach a subject as general as world cultures?
- How would you narrow the focus of a topic as broad and complex as Africa?
- How might you integrate the study of Africa's geography, history, and culture?
- What are the key unifying themes or questions you would formulate in preparing a unit on Africa?
- What background knowledge do students need before beginning a unit on Africa?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Exploring Geography Through African History," take notes on Ms. Farrow's instructional strategies, particularly how she supports student inquiry. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How did Ms. Farrow help students use their prior experience with timelines to understand African history?
- What were Ms. Farrow's goals for this lesson?
- Which of the strategies used by Ms. Farrow were especially effective in accomplishing the goals for this lesson?
- How did Ms. Farrow structure the learning experiences to ensure success on the part of all students?
- How did Ms. Farrow encourage students to make use of multiple types of resources?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Farrow's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.