Mr. Rudman
7th Grade 
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7th Grade
African Empire& Kingdoms Project

  1. Sample SlideShow
  2. Storyboard & Worksheet
    - Print to write your research
  3. African Empire Map
    - Download and use for your Region Section
  4. Citation Maker
    - Create your Bibliography
  5. ColorMatch for Kids
    - Create your Color Scheme
  6. Ancient Africa Timeline
  7. Ancient Civilizations Timeline
>>> African Art History & Images <<<
  1. African Art History Resources
  2. African Mask Clip Art
    - Description: These are black and white drawings of African masks. Standard 7.4.5
    Comments: This could be used for a variety of projects. Drawings come from BBS program.
  3. Hamill Gallery of African Art
  4. Historical Maps of Africa

>>> Projects from Other Schools <<<

  1. Saharan Trade, A Link Between Europe and Africa
    - Description: Maps, pictures and information about the trade between Europe and West Africa from Ghana to Songhay. Super West African Trade Route maps. Standard 7.4.3
    Comments: Since this is a student developed site, authority is not guaranteed but it appears to be well researched.
  2. The African and South American Kingdoms of the past.
    - Student Design
African Empire & Kingdoms  

This website is designed to provide links and resources for student projects about Ancient African Empires and Kingdoms.

Ancient Africa Online Resources
  1. Africa
    - Description: For centuries, Africa has mesmerized the world with its stunning scenery, its ancient civilizations, its unique art, and hypnotizing music. This is your chance to experience the world's most fascinating continent. This rich site accompanies the PBS series Africa. Explore the regions of Africa from the Sahara south to Southern Africa. Standards 7.4.1, 7.4.3, 10.10.1 and 10.10.2
    Comments: This site will provide a rich visual context for the study of African history or modern problems.
  2. African Sourcebook
    - Description: From ancient times to the modern era, here are dozens of primary materials about the history of Africa. These are excellent sources on ancient history, the Greek and Roman period slavery and abolition, Europena imperialism, and modern Africa. Standards 6.1.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.8, 7.4.1, 10.4.2, and 10.10.1
  3. African Voices
    -Description: This Smithsonian site is wonderfully rich graphically and has a huge, well organized compiliation of resources on the history of Africa from ancient times to now. Standards 6.2.8, 7.4.1, 7.11.2, and 10.4.3
  4. Ancient African Empires
    - Description: African Empires Page connects you to the best of Art, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures, and Research on Africa.
  5. Clickable Map of Africa
    -Description: This clickable map of African regions leads to an in-depth study of the art of the region with pictures of original African art. Standards 6.2.5, 7.4.5 and 10.10.1
  6. Ghana - Civilizations in Africa
    - Description: This is a good short history of Ghana, with links to the other West African civilizations. Standard 7.4.1
    Comments: Start here and link to Mali, and Songhay, and the Almoravids
  7. Great African Civilizations
  8. Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Traveler in the Middle Ages
    - Description: This online issue of Bill of Rights in Action by the Constitutional Rights Foundation features the travels of Ibn Battuta, a medieval African. He traveled further and visited more countries than any other person in medieval times. His final journey took him to Mali, a Muslim empire in West Africa. This report of his travels reveals a vivid portrait of the Muslim world at its height. Standard 7.2.5, 7.4.3 and 7.4.4
  9. Kennedy Center African Odyssey Interactive
    -Description: This site, developed through the Kennedy Center, has material on African history and culture from early times through modern. It is a little difficult to navigate. Standards 7.4.5
    Comments: Reading is dense for many students so it would be best to break it into small sections.
  10. Mali
    - Description: This site includes a short history of Mali, information on its African neighbors, interactive tests, links, an art gallery, maps and links to Songhay. Standard 7.4.1
  11. Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport - Ancient Africa
    - Description: Here is a set of brief pages about ancient Africa on the following topics: oral tradition, the Nok, Carthage, trade, Ghana, Sundiata, Mansa Musa, Timbuktu, and Zimbabwe. The site is part of the Electronic Passport project. Standard 7.4.1, and 7.4.5
  12. Sahara
    - Description: The Sahara is one of the most unique places on earth. Explore the land, the people, and the wildlife of this vast region of Africa. Learn about the cimate, the dunes and the conflicts that have occurred here. Information on myths and religion will help inform a study of Islamic culture. Standards 1.2.1, 1.2.4, and 7.4.3
  13. The National Museum of African Art
    - Description: Smithsonian Institution presents and celebrates the rich visual traditions and extraordinarily diverse cultures of Africa. We invite you and your group to visit the museum and experience the beauty and splendor of Africa's sculptures, masks, textiles, furniture, pottery, paintings and much more.
  14. The Rise and Fall of Mali and Songhai
    - Explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations, including the Maya and Mali and Songhai. Are there common reasons for such collapses? Written in student friendly text with links to related and valuable resources. Standards 7.4.2
  15. The Story of Africa
    - Description: BBC series of therise and fall of empires and kingdoms, experience the power of religion, the injustices of slavery, and chart the expansion of trade between Africa and other continents.
  16. Timbuktu: The El Dorado of Africa
    - Description: This site provides an overview of the city of Timbuktu which flourished in northern African during the 14th and 15th centuries. Within the article key topics are hotlinked to further explanation and primary sources, including pictures from a 19th c. book by Heinrich Barth. Standard 7.4.2
    Comments: This is a History Net article written by Alistair Boddy-Evans.
  17. Timeline of African History to 1500
    - Description: This is a timeline of West African History with links to supporting information. Standard 7.4.1, 7.4.2, and 7.4.3
  18. University of Virginia, Bayly Art Museum
    - Description: This is an electronic exhibition illustrating and explaining the aesthetics and meaning of African art . Standard 7.4.3
  19. Wonders of the African World
    - Description: PBS series to discover a wealth of African history and culture in Wonders of the African World
  20. Wrapped in Pride
    - Description: Wrapped in Pride explores the history of traditional Ghanaian weaving and its impact on cultures beyond Africa's shores. A collaboration between the National Museum of African Art and the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, this online exhibition provides an introduction to Kente, how it is worn, and how it is designed. Standard 7.4.5
    Comments: The Shockwave plug in is needed to complete the design section of the exhibit

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