The first activity was to locate the kingdoms on a map. We then compared it to a modern map. first discovery: Ancient Ghana is not located where present day Ghana is located. Ancient Ghana is now Senegal and Mauritania. Keke asked, "Why was it moved?" She was encouraged to continue reading to find out.
After examining the geography, each student was assigned a specific thing to research based on their interest. Keke, our future fashion designer, was assigned to find out about their clothing; Keola, a cooking lover, was assigned to find out what they ate, and Myah, our future businessman and game developer, was assigned to find out about the job skills and how they made money.
After a time of research, the three came together to share with each other what they had found. During they discussion they shared so much more than they were asked to research. My plan worked! The question of the day was made by Keola.
"Why do they teach us that the Africans didn't know how to do anything and that they didn't have a language?"
My response, "Now, you know [emphasis on know] that's not true. What was true, they didn't know the European's languages and customs and they could not read or write the European languages. English is what they had to learn. You see they knew how to do many things before they came" The students realized these people were free to live their lives and were not necessarily enslaved.
I am happy to say, they were excited about the research and wanted to do more. In the coming weeks, I will share their finds and their comments. Visit http://www.ewcocinc.org/the-power-house.html for more details and pictures.