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ERIC Number: ED449060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 80
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Kongo: A Kingdom Divided. A Unit of Study for Grades 7-11.
O'Roark, Ernest L.; Wood, Eileen E.
This unit uses a case study of the Kingdom of the Kongo (Congo) to answer questions about the trans-Atlantic slave trade from an African perspective. The unit is appropriate for use in any study of the history of sub-Saharan Africa. Because it focuses on the African perspective of events surrounding the slave trade, it supports in-depth studies of the slave trade or slavery in general. The unit contains objectives, correlations to the National History Standards, teacher background materials, lesson plans, student resources, and a selected bibliography. The six lessons focus on working with primary source documents to understand the complexity of the slave trade, tracing events from 1488, the date of first contact between Africans of the Congo River region with the Portuguese. The unit includes a set of short historical fiction integrated into five of the six lessons. These stories recount the experiences of individuals who witnessed the encounter between Kongo and the Portuguese. Although the lessons are recommended for grades 7-11, they can be adapted for other grade levels. An 11-item bibliography concludes the unit. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Congo; Portugal