Unit 4 – Ancient Africa to 1,500ish CE

Vocabulary flashcards for the unit

Readings for the unit:

Blue book pages:
Chapter 8 – 220-224 (Migration/Bantu); 225-229 (Aksum);
Chapter 15 – 409-412 (N. Africa); 413-419 (W. Africa); 422-427 (E. Africa)

Strayer Pages:
“The African Northeast” and “Along the Niger River: Cities Without States” (283-292 – Chapter 7)

NewsELAs (the first two read by everyone, the last three read by a third of the class each):
The Ghanan Empire: Complexity and West Africa’s First Major State

The Rise and Fall of the Aksum Empire in Africa
Trading Salt for Gold: The Ancient Kingdom of Ghana
The Ancient Kingdom of Mali, ruled by the Lion King
The Songhai Empire: The Rise and Fall of a Great West African Empire


Lost Kingdoms of Africa – West Africa BBC – Benin Bronzes

Lost Kingdoms of Africa – Great Zimbabwe BBC

Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa: Crash Course World History #16

Int’l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18

Comparing trade routes in Africa (short, student-produced):


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