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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
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.
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
“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.
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.