004 - West African Kingdom

Factual Question

Which were some of the important kingdoms of Africa during the Middle Ages?
How did religion impact the Kingdom of Mali?
Where was the Kingdom of Mali located?
How did the Kingdom of Mali achieve their wealth?

Taken From: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Mansa_Musa.jpg

Key Terminology

  • Trade
  • Diffusion
Define the words above using the useful links below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Location

Taken From: http://www.blackpast.org/files/blackpast_images/mali_empire.jpg

  1. Using the map above describe where the Kingdom of Mali was located in Africa.
  2. What natural advantages did the Kingdom of Mali have? If you are struggling go back and have a look at your biomes map we completed during lesson one. 
  3. What problems did the landscape perhaps cause for the development of the Kingdom?
  4. Trade was very important during this time, what animal may they have used to help them transport their goods? (Extra points for telling me how that animal has 'adapted' to the environment.)

If you are good we will watch the youtube clip below.

Adaptation - Camel with Lyrics





Activity Two - Sources

  • Look at the four sources below. What do they tell us about the Medieval Kingdom of Mali. Make sure you explain your answers.
Source One
Taken From: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/TIMBUKTU-EINZUG.jpg

Source Two
Taken From: http://www.roebuckclasses.com/102/image/africa/saltslabs.jpg

Source Three
Taken From: https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2012/10/16/12/african-king-rich.jpg

Source Four
Taken From: http://en.islamtoday.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/home_thumb/mali_city330x248.jpg






Activity Three - Watch

Crash Course History - Mansa Musa and Islam in West Africa


Crash Course History - Questions


Useful Resources



Activity Four - Extension - Caravanserai

  • What is happening in the image?
Taken From: http://www.caravanserailuxor.com/images/Caravanserai/Caravanserai.jpg

  • Your task is to write a diary extract for a trader, servant or other person travelling with Mansa Musa as he undertook the Haj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in 1324 CE (724 AH). You can choose to write about one or several days on the journey (maybe when the caravan entered an oasis, or the city of Alexandria, or just about life on the journey). Try to be true to what the experience of travel would have been like at that time.

Things to include:
            • Sights
            • Sounds
            • Smells
            • Dress
            • Activity - what are you doing and others doing?
            • People around you
            • Overall experience


Formal Expectations:

  • At least one page of A4 but no more than two.
  • If typing - size 12 font
  • Check your spellings and grammar. 

How will I be assessed? Formative

How will I be assessed?

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

Achievement Level

Level Descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1 - 2

i.   recognizes some vocabulary

ii.  demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through limited descriptions and/or examples.


3 - 4

i.   uses some vocabulary

ii.  demonstrates satisfactory knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through simple descriptions, explanations and/or examples.


5 - 6

i.   uses considerable relevant vocabulary, often accurately

ii.  demonstrates substantial knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through descriptions and/or examples.


7 - 8

i.   consistently uses relevant vocabulary accurately

ii.  demonstrates excellent knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through detailed descriptions and/or examples.


Criterion C: Communicating

Achievement Level

Level Descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1 - 2

i.   communicates information and ideas in a style that is not always clear

ii.  organizes information and ideas in a limited way

iii. inconsistently lists sources, not following the task instructions.


3 - 4

i.   communicates information and ideas in a way that is somewhat clear

ii.  somewhat organizes information and ideas

iii. lists sources in a way that sometimes follows the task instructions.


5 - 6

i.   communicates information and ideas in a way that is mostly clear

ii.  mostly organises information and ideas

iii. lists sources in a way that often follows the task instructions.


7 - 8

i.   communicates information and ideas in a way that is completely clear

ii.  completely organises information and ideas effectively

iii. lists sources in a way that always follows the task instructions.