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Grade: 7th – 10th Grade
Brief Description: Migration is a recurring theme in world history. Students will recognize the complex interactions between groups of people who come in contact with one another, using the Aryan migration into India and the current conflict in Darfur. They should be able to explain that conflicts in these areas have many causes including the relationship between agrarians and pastoralists.

1) Students will be able to identify that the effects of migration are evident in both ancient and
contemporary cultures
2) Students will be able to define “pastoralist” and “agrarian” and explain the relationships between these groups of people.
3) Students should be able to make some connections between the migrations of the Aryans and the settling down of pastoralists in Sudan.

Lesson Plan

GRADES: 9-12 (More appropriate for the higher-level and AP courses.)

DESCRIPTION: This lesson plan will address the current crisis in the Sudan and Darfur.

The history, including economic history, imperializing of the area, and migration patterns will have already been studied. Current issues with internal disruptions are the focus of this lesson.

TIME: one block period or two traditional class periods

Lesson Plan

Darfur Now Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan on Darfur Sudan

What’s Happening in Darfur?

Darfur: Never, Ever Again?

What’s occurring in Sudan?

Genocide in Darfur: Is the World Doing Enough?

“Kingdoms of the Medieval Sudan” provides a narrative historical overview of Africa mapMali, Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, and Hausaland before the modern era, a hyperlinked glossary with pronunciation helps, and self-tests on the history of these regions.The text is also accompanied by the work of photographer Lucy Johnson.

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A Visit to Sudan

Author: Gordon Witty

As part of a larger online teaching unit from the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Studies Center called Marhaba, this is a short unit on the history and geography of the Sudan. It is easily integrated into larger high school teaching units and meets several federal curriculum standards for history, social studies and geography.



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