Complete document for all three sessions of Eastern Hemisphere. This is a large file and should be downloaded (right-click on link) and viewed in Adobe Reader.

Session 3: Analyzing African Empires

The physical environment influences human activities. In this instructional activity students will examine maps to discover the link between the physical environment and the distribution of cultures within Africa. They will consider the sequence and locations of various African empires as they consider how the environment affected their growth and longevity. In a concluding activity, students will examine a Story Map Tour of images associated with each of the empires and note key characteristics of the societies. The following questions provide the focus for this learning activity.

Key Questions

  • How did physical geography influence the distribution of cultures within Africa?
  • How do artifacts and buildings convey information about past civilizations?

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