African Empires Documentary

Questions that go with this… (up til 52:50 in the video)

Wonders of the African World: The Road to Timbuktu – Handout 1

Discussion Questions

  1. During the Middle Ages, why did Africans go to Timbuktu?
  2. Why were Europeans interested in Timbuktu?
  3. What is the process of mining gold?
  4. What evidence of slavery was seen in the video?
  5. How do women show their family wealth in the city of Mopti?
  6. Was salt valuable in Ancient Africa? Support your answer.
  7. How did Mansa Musa have a negative effect on the value of gold?
  8. What evidence is their of Mansa Musa’s belief system?
  9. What is used for textbooks in the city of Djenne?
  10. What is the literacy rate of Djenne?
  11. What evidence is there that a town existed across the flood plains from Djenne that dates back to 250 B.C.?
  12. The Dogon people, south of Djenne, hold on to an older way of life. What legend supports where they live?
  13. What are the paintings on the walls at the “Sacred Place” of the Dogon people?
  14. Why is Timbuktu still hard to get to?
  15. Why had no Europeans reached Timbuktu until the 19th Century?
  16. What evidence is there that Timbuktu was Africa’s center of learning?


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All About Islam!

We have reached one of the best units of the semester, the growth of the Islamic Empires and the fundamentals of Islam! The notes and content chart earlier do have what you need for the notes, but here are additional materials.

Islam Learning Centers

This is the document for the Learning Centers. The first page uses the textbook, the second uses the maps on the page, the third uses an NPR article, and the fourth uses the VICE documentary on the Hajj.

The NPR Article is here: The Origins Of The Shiite-Sunni Split.

The documentary is here:

Finally, there is a Quizizz that goes over this all in greater detail.

Good luck, and we have the test in a week!

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Mongols TEDTalk Video and a Quizizz

History vs. Genghis Khan video in class today!

Of all the ways Genghis Khan affected history, both good and bad, which do you think was the most significant, and why? What might the world have been like otherwise?


Also, we’ve got a Quizizz! YOU NEED TO DO THIS!

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STEAM: Analects of Confucius

Today, you have a group quiz. After that quiz, we are going to continue our look at ancient Chinese philosophies.


You are going to sign up for one of these Analects, need to go write the number on Coach McDowell’s board (yes, all classes). With your group of 2-3 people, you’ll need write that on the top of your butcher paper. From there, you are to translate it into modern day vocab. How would it sound if you were giving this as advice to follow? Keep that in mind – and label that as your translation, adding it to your butcher paper.

Following that, you’ll need to draw a scene, image, comic, etc. that demonstrates the Analect. Keep in mind the 5 relationships, and try to address one of those in your art. It needs to be large as well! Your classmates are going to vote on which relationship they feel it connects to, so try to be topic and do your best.

Finally, you are going to pick one of these Analects and drawings that was NOT yours, and you’re going to write 1-2 paragraphs to turn in to your respective teacher. In your response, you need to apply the Analect to your life and how you have either lived it or will attempt to.

See? Ancient Chinese Philosophies affect your everyday life.

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CLT Chart

If you’re following the notes, we are through Ancient China. Today’s activity is a Confucianism, Legalism, and Taoism Chart (CLT Chart).

CLT Chart

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