Teaching tips (for all grade levels)
Access multiple resources organized by grade level to help you get started teaching about Africa or to give you tips in how to do so thoughtfully.
Stereotypes and Myths
African stereotypes: Let’s be fair
I didn’t know there were cities in Africa!
Why study Africa? Teaching about representations and stereotypes of Africa (MSU)
Teaching about Africa in elementary schools
Publications in the classroom
Many materials that have been printed about Africa, its peoples, and cultures, present problematic images and messages that reinforce harmful stereotypes about Africa among American students. Consult Africa Access Review to find highly recommended books for your classroom or to read reviews of the books presently in your school or classroom.
Outreach World A collaboration between educators and scholars from the National Resource Centers, this web site provides access to Africa-related links for teachers; search by region, country, and/or subject area.
Africa Web Links is the University of Pennsylvania’s annotated resource list, organized by broad topic area
National Geographic – Travel & Cultures Explore country-specific web pages for information, photos, and related topics.
Columbia University African Studies Internet Resources Access links to sites about regions, countries, organizations or a wide range of topics, including African recipes, religions, dance, archeology, business and much more.
Africa south of the Sahara is Stanford University’s internet directory for Africa-related links; search by country or topic.
Africa Files is a volunteer-run website that provides access to links, articles, and alternative perspectives on issues of human rights and economic justice in Africa.
Teaching About Human Rights in Africa is a presentation that African Studies Program outreach coordinator Anne Waliaula created for the 2013 African Studies Association Outreach Council’s teachers’ workshop.
Outreach World A collaboration between educators and scholars from the National Resource Centers, this web site provides access to curricular materials; search by region, country, and/or subject area
Oxfam Lesson plans and downloadable resources for teachers; particularly useful for educators seeking to explore issues of social justice around the world. Search by age group, topic, country, curriculum area, resource type.
Boston University Teaching Resources (Grades Pre-K to 12)
Exploring Africa! Michigan State University has created 20 modules in four units: -Why Study Africa? -Studying Africa through the Social Studies –Studying Africa through the Humanities –Regional Perspectives
The New York Times has created lesson plans for teachers that are synchronized with articles, lesson materials, and vidoes. Use the search box to look for Africa-related lessons.
ERIC Virtual Library (Education Resources Information Center) Search this database for lesson plans and resource guides on topics of interest to you.
Africa: It’s Not a Country (early elementary grades)
University of North Carolina African Studies Center
University of Kansas African Studies Center
Discovery Channel School Lesson Plans
Primary & Elementary
Africa: Economics and Change (6-8)
Africa: Shaped by the Past (6-8)
Africa Today (6-8)
The Nile (6-8)
Ramses the Great (6-8)
Slavery, Society, and Apartheid (6-8)
Ivory Wars (6-8)
Alexander and Alexandria (6-8)
The Equator (Kenya, Ecuador, Indonesia, Brazil, Singapore)(6-8)
Hidden History of Egypt (6-8)
Making Mummies (6-8)
Egyptian Antiquities (6-8)
Ancient Egypt (6-8)
Inside the Pyramids (9-12)
Women Monarchs and Heads of State (Featuring Hatshepsut) (9-12)
Desert Dwellers (9-12)
Africa: Names and Nations (9-12)
Empires of Early Africa (9-12)
PBS Africa : Teacher Tools K-12
Art, French , Music, Science, Social Studies and culture. These lesson plans are from K-12 teachers in IOWA.
National Geographic Society has a number of lesson plans about the various regions of the world separated by the 18 national social studies standards
Education Helper for reproducible lesson plans and activities for your class, lessons plans and more.
React and Respond: The Phenomenon of Kony 2012 Includes teaching guide to Kony 2012 video
South Africa: Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle
Abadja Rhythm, music of Ghana (let your students create music online)
Radio Africa, Smithsonian Global Sound
African Music on the Internet: Stanford’s Resource List
Exploring Africa (Michigan State University)
U Penn African Studies Center, K-12 Country Guides
CIA World Factbook
Resources by country
Explore videos of inspiring, informative, thought-provoking lectures from TEDGlobal 2007, “Africa: The Next Chapter,” held in Arusha, Tanzania in July of 2007. These talks are more appropriate for secondary and post-secondary students.
Andrew Mwenda Takes a New Look at Africa
Journalist Andrew Mwenda argues that we need to look at Africa from a new lens, one that focuses on opportunities, rather than despair.
Chris Abani on the Stories of Africa (explicit language)
Nigerian author Chris Abani talks about the significance of stories for identity and for knowing who we are.
Emily Oster flips our thinking on AIDS in Africa
Find out how economist Emily Oster used statistics to discover that our beliefs about the spread of AIDS in Africa are completely wrong.
Zeresenay Alemseged looks for humanity’s roots
Paleoanthropologist discusses his search for humanity’s roots in the oldest humanoid skeleton, found in Ethiopia.
Joseph Lekuton tells a parable for Kenya
Kenyan Parliamentarian Joseph Lekuton shares a parable to communicate a hopeful message about Africa’s growth.
Franco Sacchi on Nollywood
Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi takes you on a tour of Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry. The ingenuity required to film under certain conditions will impress you.
Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting
Learn about Ushahidi, the remarkable and innovative Kenyan technology that has enabled citizens from various parts of the world to report violence or crises using their cell phones.
Marisa Fick Jordan shares the wonder of Zulu wire art
Learn how one village of Zulu wire weavers created a worldwide market for their art
Chris Abani muses on humanity
Nigerian author Chris Abani shares stories to deliver his message about humanity and human dignity.
William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind
Hear from William Kamkwamba who, at age 14, living in extreme poverty, built a windmill in his Malawian village to power his family home.
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie warns against using a single story to understand a people or a place.
Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture
Architecture student Magnus Larsson shares his ideas about transforming the Sahara desert using bacteria and the sand.
All Africa Global Media
Africa Focus Bulletin (combines allafrica, IRIN, human rights watch reports)
BBC News Africa
United Nations Department of Public Information – Africa Renewal Online
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
The Washington Post: Africa
Africa News Update – Norwegian Council for Africa
Kidon Media Link
Sunday Times (South Africa)
Mail & Guardian Online (South Africa)
Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe)
The North Africa Journal
Algerie Presse Service (Algeria)
Joy Online (Ghana)
Follow these links to explore and find Africa-related films that might be perfect for your classroom. Remember that the African Studies Progroam offer films from our own collection for loan to K-16 educators in Wisconsin.
African Media Program Database (Michigan State University)
African Film Access (Accès Cinéma Africain)
African Videos Website(Columbia University)
African Studies Media Resource Center (UC Berkeley)
African Cinema in Seattle
Africa Film Access
The Cinema Guild
Africa Access Review Read reviews of Africa-related books to be sure you are bringing high quality publications into your classroom
Sankofa (Journal of African Children’s Lit)
AfricaBib Access 3 bibliographical databases to find periodical literature
Library of Congress Link to the LoC’s Africana Collection