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Thur sday october 17 th

Thursday, October 17th

Bell Work: Please turn in your Chapter 18 Guided Reading worksheet to the homework bin. Find your assigned computer and log on to the class wiki. On the “Bell Ringers and Agendas” page, you will find links to a number of Africa Review games. Take the first 10 minutes of class today to review Chapter 18 using the games provided.

Daily agenda
Daily Agenda:

  • Bell Work: African Review Games

  • Word of the Day solemn

  • Africa Review

  • Web Assignment: The Travels of Ibn Battuta

  • Fakebook Page Construction, Vocab Review, Guided Reading

    Homework: Read and take notes on Chapter 20 and complete Essay Quiz (see link on Class Wiki “Assignments” page).

Solemn not cheerful or smiling serious gloomy pronunciation for word
Solemn- not cheerful or smiling; serious; gloomyPronunciation for Word

  • What would the word solemn mean to a….

  • Judge

Words Across Contexts Oct. 17, Block 3

Solemn not cheerful or smiling serious gloomy pronunciation for word1
Solemn- not cheerful or smiling; serious; gloomyPronunciation for Word

  • What would the word solemn mean to a….

  • Judge—The judge was solemn as he pronounced the sentence.

Words Across Contexts Oct. 17, Block 3

Which is not solemn
Which is Not Solemn?

What are the 5 fastest ways

To ruin a solemn moment?

African history

African History

Analyzing Africa using the Course Themes

Theme 1 demographics
Theme #1 - Demographics

  • The Bantu migrated over 1500 years from West Africa throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Given the slow nature of their migration, what effect would this have on Sub-Saharan Africa?

  • Yams, taro, chicken, and bananas were introduced from Southeast Asia by Indian Ocean merchants.

  • How would this impact Africa’s population density?

Theme 2 cultural interactions
Theme #2 – Cultural Interactions

  • Traditional Religions Mostly monotheistic, with a male creator who was omniscient and omnipotent. Believed in lesser gods associated with natural features. Very practical (versus theological), with rituals playing a major role. Diviners played a vital role in consulting oracles or prescribing medicines.

  • How would followers of these traditional beliefs respond to the introduction of Islam and Christianity?

  • In both cases, converts continued to accommodate their traditional culture in terms of dress, gender relations, and ancestor rituals.

  • Griots, artistic production (masks), music and dance all served a vital role in passing on African history in the absence of written languages.

  • How have these traditions both hindered and benefitted African society today?

Theme 3 political structures
Theme #3 – Political Structures

  • Stateless Societies Governed through patriarchal kinship groups with a chief.

  • What allowed this system to last for hundreds of years in Africa?

  • Centralized Kingdoms  Population pressures led to strained land resources and the development of distinct militaries and governments under kings (later with bureaucracies).

  • Why might governments struggle to retain their control in Africa (especially compared to other regions)?

Theme 4 economic development
Theme #4 – Economic Development

  • Trans-Saharan Trade Made possible by the introduction of the camel and useful saddle. Main products: Salt and Gold. (Ghana, Mali, Songhai)

  • Who were they trading with? What allowed them to expand this trade?

  • Indian Ocean Trade Swahili culture emerged blending Bantu and Arabic. Main products: Ivory, slaves, and exotics. (Kilwa, Zanzibar, Mombasa)

  • How would this exchange impact the culture and even social structure of East Africa?

Theme 5 social structures
Theme #5 – Social Structures

  • Age Groupings Age sets performed tasks appropriate to their development and formed tight circles of friends.

  • Along with kinship and gender groupings, what is the advantage of using age sets as a means of social organization?

  • Slavery  From Prisoners of War and debtors used as agricultural or construction laborers to slave raiding.

  • What would cause such a change? What other reasons might slavery be so deep seeded in Africa?

A traveler s life analyzing ibn battuta
A Traveler’s Life – Analyzing Ibn Battuta

  • You have the next 30 minutes of class to pick up where you left off on yesterday’s web-based assignment on Ibn Battuta.

  • Use the link on the class wiki to access the site on Battuta’s writings.

Extra credit option
Extra Credit Option:

  • Visit and select the Fakebook template tool.

  • Create a Fakebook page for Ibn Battuta, based on your reading and additional research.

  • Your Fakebook page must include at least 4 additional friends, 8 different/unique posts that address different aspects of his travels, achievements, and observations, and a completed “About” box providing a full, historically accurate profile.

  • When you finish, save your work and email me ( the link to the completed page.

  • If you choose not to do the extra credit activity, you should: review using the resources on the class wiki or work on your Chapter 20 notes for the remainder of class.



Read and take notes on Chapter 20. After finishing the notes, visit the Daily Assignments page of the class wiki. There you will find a link to the Essay Quiz for the chapter. Complete the essay quiz, submit your answers, and email them to Mr. Naruta. Both your reading notes and essay quiz are due on Monday.