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10 African Folktales Vol. II

J. T. Barika

This is a collection of 10 folktales from Momo Division in the Republic of Cameroon. At the end of the book there are questions on each story. (Mu. Geom Bari & Co, 1982, 52pp)

Grades K-12

African Poetry for Schools Book 2

Noel Machin

This anthology of African poems from all over Africa contains both traditional and modern poems. After each poem, there are questions to stimulate discussions. (Longman, 1978, 101pp)

Grades 9-12

Colonialism in the Congo: Conquest, Conflict, and Commerce

The Choices Program at the Watson Institute of Brown University

Provides short, student friendly articles that introduce the effects of colonialism on indigenous people in the Congo. Teacher resource book is also available.

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

The Currency of Africa

Newark Museum

This book of postcards of paper money designs from 19 African currencies. It is based on money purchased in 1990 and before. The collection includes money from Algeria, Belgian Congo, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French West Africa, Togo, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Somalia and Uganda. (Pomegranate Artbooks, 1995)

Grades K-12, Teacher resource

Destination: Cameroon (Study Guide and Video)

H. Thomas Collins and Christopher Majeske

Because of its great physical and cultural diversity, Cameroon is sometimes referred to as "Africa in Miniature." The 20-minute video introduces students to three different communities - one in the western highlands, one in the rain-forest region, and one located in Cameroon's grassy lowlands - and demonstrates how the homes, agricultural crops, and lifestyles differ in each area. The Study Guide provides: background on the African continent and Cameroon; discussion questions and inquiry activities based on the video; maps and a list of resources; 11 lesson plans; and a worksheet collection. (U.S. Peace Corps, 1993, 57pp)

Grades 6-9 (adaptable for grades 3-6 and 10-12), Teacher resource

Destination: Lesotho (Study Guide and Video)

Elise Sprunt Sheffield

"The Mountain Kingdom" of Lesotho, a developing nation surrounded by industrialized South Africa, is both an anomaly among nations and, at the same time, a symbol of the geographical and cultural dynamics at work in almost every land. Here, the contrast between tradition and modernity, between rural and urban ways of being is delineated as starkly as the rugged terrrain. The 22-minute video visits a lowland village and a highland village to meet two Peace Corps volunteers and the communities they serve, and students learn the ways people cope in Lesotho's two very different types of physical environments. The Study Guide is intended to direct student attention to the ways that physical geography has shaped, preserved, and transformed local human culture. Each topic unit has lesson materials which are grouped according to three academic levels: grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. The materials are developed along five fundamental themes of geography: location (position on the Earth's surface); place (physical and human characteristics); relationships within places (humans and their environments); movement (humans interacting on Earth); and regions (how they form and change). (U.S. Peace Corps, 1994, 76pp)

Grades 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, Teacher resource

Destination: Senegal (Video Guide and Video)

Margaret Legowski and Shirley Puchalski

Senegal has a rich culture that reflects its ethnic diversity, its colonial past, and the reality of its geography. The 15-minute video provides a brief overview of Senegal's geography and history, and viewers visit the capital city of Dakar and learn about life in two villages. The Video Guide has been designed for a 3-5 day mini-unit, with activities written for 3 grade levels: grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. The activities are designed to present basic information on the geography of Senegal and to explore aspects of Senegalese culture. (U.S. Peace Corps, 1991, 83pp)

Grades 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, Teacher resource

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle

The Choices Program at the Watson Institute of Brown University

Provides short, student friendly articles that introduce precolonial, colonial, and the development of apartheid history in South Africa. Special attention is given to evaluating and reflecting upon the actions of the government and anti-apartheid activists. Teacher resource guide is available.

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

History of Africa in Maps

Harry A Gailey

Offers short one page history lessons illustrated by large maps. (Denoyer-Geppert, 1971. 96pp)

Grades 9-12, Teacher Resource

Images of Africa in the U.S.

Charles Guthrie

This slide presentation and accompanying program guide is designed to help audiences explore the myths and stereotypes that Americans have about Africa. Although much of the material is dated, this remains a useful resource. (Center for African Studies, University of Florida, 1980, 40slides/23pp)

Grades 6-12

Lessons From Africa: A Supplement to Middle School Courses in World Cultures, Global Studies, and World History

Merry Merryfield

A collection of eleven lesson plans that each focus on a different theme such as family, occupations, and adolescence. The materials were written for American students by twenty-five African educators representing the countries of Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. As a result, the lessons help students to become aware of the diversity of cultures and perspectives throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Some lessons can be adapted for elementary or high school level and for other subject areas. (ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 1989, 99pp)

Grades 6-8 (adaptable for 4-5 and 9-12)


Tiyambe Zeleza

This book about the famous Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania contains beautiful pictures illustrating the colorful attire and ornaments of the Maasai. Moreover, it has a short history and a brief description of the culture and life of these cattle herders of East Africa. (Rosen Publishing Group, Inc, 1994, 64pp)

Grades 6-12

The Peoples of Africa: East Africa

The Diagram Group

This volume covers 15 peoples of East Africa. They include Afar, Amhara, East African Asians, Falasha, Ganda, Hutu, Tutsi, Karamajong, Kikuyu, Maasai, Nyamwezi, Nyoro, Oromo, Somali and Swahili. The peoples are spread in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Seychelles. (Diagram Visual Inform Ltd, 1997, 112pp)

Grades 7-12

The Peoples of Africa: Central Africa

The Diagram Group

This volume profiles peoples in Angola, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Peoples' Republic of Congo, Zambia, Sáo Tomé and Príncipe. The peoples profiled in this volume are: Azande, Baya, Bemba, Chokwe, Fang, Kongo, Kuba, Lozi, Luba, Lunda, Mbuti, Twa, Mbenga, Mongo, Ovimbundu, Teke, and Tonga. (Diagram Visual Inform Ltd, 1997, 112pp)

Grades 7-12

The Peoples of North Africa

The Diagram Group

In this volume, 10 North African ethic groups are profiled. They are: Berbers, Tuareg, Arabs, Copts, Dinka, Nuer, Nuba, Baggara, Shilluk, Beja. These peoples are spread in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and the disputed Western Sahara. (Diagram Visual Inform Ltd, 1997, 112pp)

Grades 7-12

The Peoples of Southern Africa

The Diagram Group

This volume covers Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Comoros, and Madagascar. The peoples profiled are: Afrikaners, Cape Coloreds, Cape Malays, Herero, Indian South Africans, Khoisan, Malagasy people, Ndebele, Ovambo, Shona, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. (Diagram Visual Inform Ltd, 1997, 112pp)

Grades 7-12

The Peoples of West Africa

The Diagram Group

The countries covered in this volume are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Cape Verde. This volume profiles: Asante, Bambara, malinke, Dogon, Ewe, Fon, Fulani, Hausa, Igbo, Mende, Moors, Mossi, and Yoruba. (Diagram Visual Inform Ltd, 1997, 112pp)

Grades 7-12

Through African Eyes, Volume One – The Past, the Road to Independence: Continuity and Change

Leon E. Clark

This book uses African autobiography, modern literature, historical and contemporary documents, letters and diaries to trace the African past, focusing on the ancient kingdoms of both East and West Africa and continues through the coming of the Europeans and the African colonial experience, concluding with the rise of nationalism in which Africans struggle to regain their freedom from the Europeans. (CITE Books, 1991, 294pp)

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

Through African Eye, Volume Two – Culture and Society: Continuity and Change

Leon E. Clark.

This book uses African autobiography, modern literature, historical and contemporary documents, letters and diaries to introduce various African societies and cultures in all of their richness and diversity. Teaching guide also available.(CITE Books, 2000, 346pp)

Grades 6-12, Teacher Resource

Zamani: African Tales from Long Ago Africa, Volume 1

Tom Nevin

Zamani is the Kiswahili word for 'long ago'. Drawn from the rich traditions of Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda, these ten selected tales tell of the animals and trees, chiefs and kings, young men and maidens, ogres and spirits of this mighty continent. Written by a South African author and illustrated by ten talented African artists, this book combines the legends of Zamani with the art and design of Africa today. (Jacaranda Designs, 1995, 80pp)

Grades 2-8