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Unit Seven

Your journey through the first semester nears its end.  Finish strong.   

Africa, and Worlds Apart (The Americas)

Key Ideas:   Throughout most of the classical age, sub-Saharan Africa participated in the economy of the eastern hemisphere to a limited degreeGeographic factors, most notably the Sahara desert, restricted trade and communication between sub-Saharan Africa and its neighbors to the north.  Despite these boundaries, the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa developed “stateless” societies and intricate religious concepts.  This chapter describes the geographic factors that affected the development of African civilizations, the Bantu migration, Indian Ocean trade in East Africa, aspects of African society and culture, and the growth of great trading states such, as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

Unlike the growing interaction that marked the African, Asian, and European worlds, the Americas and Oceania remained largely isolated.  Any contact before 1492 was more accidental and momentary than planned or continuous.  This chapter discusses how early peoples who came to North America established unique ways of living suited to particular regions of the continent; the early civilizations, including the Maya and the Aztec, that rose and fell in parts of Mexico and Central America; and how the Inca developed a well-organized and militaristic empire that came to dominate a vast area along the western coast of South America.

Chapter 13, 14 (Pages 255-270, 271-286) 

Calendar of Activities and Assignments:

27 November: Text pages 255-262.  Introduce the unit.  A comparison and contrast of the interaction between Africa and Eurasia and the absence of any contact in Oceania and the Americas.

28 November: Text pages 263-269.

29 November: Ife head artifact work in class.

30 December:  Documents from Africa.  Read/Analyze in class, review Ife head information.

1 December: Text pages 271-280. Brief consideration of Popol Vuh.  Assign Aztec and Maya Religious Beliefs Primary and Secondary Sources – in Important Documents.


4 December: Legacy:  The Origins of Civilization (Central America – the Burden of Time) with Michael Wood.  Students will complete a DVD guide as they watch.  

5 December: Reading images – Codex Mendoza.  Reading, interpretation, writing.  Writing in class.

6 December:  Text pages 281-285.  14:2 Assign Inca Technology and Quipu – both online. 

7 December: Inca/Andean Society.  Bridging World History video regarding empire in the Andes – or Legacy:  The Origins of Civilization

8 December:  Start viewing, Even the Rain. 


11 December: Even the Rain

12 December: Even the Rain

13 December:  Discuss the film, consequences for the past, present, future.  Discuss the prompt for the test.

14 December:  Unit Eight Test (30 Multiple Choice questions, 5 short answer questions, 1 extended response.)  You may use your notes on the test.  30 points + 10 points + 20 points.  Total points = 60 points.

See Important Documents for full Finals schedule. 

Historical Terms and Concepts to Know  *Who, what, where, why, when, how, so what?

Ghana, Swahili - influences/meaning, Kilwa, Diviners, Axum, Zanj, Mali, Griots, Kongo, Inti, Huitzilopochtli, Itzcóatl, Pachacuti, Motecuzoma II, Bantu migrations, Sundiata, Mansa Musa, gold-salt trade, Ibn Battuta, kinship groups, cotton, sugar cane, Teotihuacan, Chichén Itza, Mexica/Aztec - women's role, Aztec societal groups, Chinampa, Tenochtitlan, calpulli, calendars, Quetzalcoatl, Cuzco, quipu, mummification, stone heads at La Venta, Mayan historic periods of power/decline, Popol Vuh, ritual bloodletting, Aztlán, Ethiopian Christianity, Mayan inventions, bananas role in Africa, the sahel (“coast”), Ghana, Mali, Jenne, Timbuktu, Maya empire, Teotihuacan, Tikal, Aztec empire,  Inca empire, maize, Toltec, Great Zimbabwe.

Artifacts: Codex Mendoza, Ife head.

Documents: DBQ on African trade – civilization. 

Video: Even the Rain, Bridging World History, Legacy:  The Origins of Civilization

Final Structure:   50 Multiple Choice Questions, 10 Short Answer Questions, 10 Artifact/Document identification. 


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