These units on Nigeria were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Nigeria and the world.
(Causes of Conflict - Middle School CBA)
Nigeria is one of the world's leading oil producers. Yet, a majority of the population live in poverty. In this lesson, students will uncover and analyze the causes of conflict in Nigeria, with specific emphasis on oil and the Niger Delta region. Students will develop an understanding of the challenges Nigerians face and then be able to clearly articulate in a paper or presentation the reasons behind these challenges. This unit includes a slide show that illustrates living conditions in the Niger Delta region, a mapping activity, and links to plenty of targeted online resources.
(Humans and the Environment - High School CBA) In this unit, students will analyze the choices people have made with respect to oil production in Nigeria and think critically about the consequences of these decisions. Students will evaluate, from multiple points of view, the connection between oil and the health and welfare of local citizens in the Niger Delta. Utilizing maps, photographs, articles, and participating in a variety of activities, students will develop a critical understanding of Nigeria’s natural resource dilemma.