This is a unit plan for 7th grade social studies covering the first part of battles for independence.

Lessons include:

Primary vs. Secondary Sources Ethnic Groups Kenya's Battle for Independence Military Dictatorships

Role plays, projects, and quizzes are also included.

This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.

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A calendar and list of goals, objectives, and performance tasks for a unit called "Battles for Independence." The lesson plans and necessary resources are in the same collection as this file. EU #1: In Africa, a nation's colonial history determined the difficulty of its battle for independence. EU #2: Internal problems after independence in Africa were in many ways worse than the battle itself. When does a battle for independence actually END? Performance Task: Board game tracking the development of two colonies (one settler and one non-settler) from colonial Africa, through independence, to military dictatorship. - Audience: Sell children at a young age on the importance of history. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Mnemonic devices to remember the countries of Africa. This is for teacher use. There's another file containing half of these mnemonics and formatted for student use. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Mnemonic devices to help students remember half the countries of Africa. There's another file in this collection with mnemonics for the other half, but it's not formatted for students. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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A simple mastery checklist for use in unit 3. Students keep it on the top page of their binder, use it as a table of contents, add the objectives, and check off mastery as they go. This could be used for other units, too. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is the first lesson plan in Social Studies 7. Students are introduced to a new Big, Hairy Audacious Goal (B-HAG). This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a lesson plan introducing the idea of primary and secondary sources. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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DC Social Studies 7 lesson plan on ethnic groups. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson on Kenyan independence. Includes lesson plan, Do Now, classwork, and homework. The main lesson is an activity in stations. Objective: 1) SWBAT analyze the ways in which Kenya's battle for independence effected the ethnic groups living there. 2) SWBAT analyze the impact of public opinion on Kenya's ability to gain its freedom. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Do now and classwork (reading and questions) on Nigerian independence. This file seems to be missing the actual lesson plan, and the homework page is a blank sheet--let us know if you use the lesson and can help fill things out. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students play the roles of different characters in imperial Africa, including both Europeans and Africans. Do Now, classwork, and homework are included. The actual lesson plan isn't here, but you should be able to infer it. If you use this lesson and can outline the lesson for us, please do. Objective: I will be able to enter the minds of the historical figures in Kenya, Nigeria, and England by performing a thoughtful role-play with my team. Essential Question: When is a battle for independence actually over? This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson on military dictatorships in postcolonial Africa. Includes Do Now, classwork (reading and questions) and geography homework. Objective: I will be able to analyze the reasons why so many African democracies failed and describe the type of government that took their place. Essential Question: When is a battle for independence actually over? This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Pretending to be a newly elected African president, students prepare an inaugural address explain the lessons of Nigeria, Kenya, and the DRC, and attempt to prevent ethnic conflict in their own country. The collection includes handouts for Do Now, classwork and homework. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Do Now: Map quiz; Classwork: Students revise their speeches; Homework: Final Copy This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence I and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students perform their speeches in groups of 4, while others evaluate them using the rubric. A few students perform for the class. This collection also includes a Do Now and homework. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 3.12 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

Lesson plan for quiz day, to be given after the oratory project. Covers the battles for independence in Kenya, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This resource is part of Unit 3: Battles for Independence and the Social Studies 7 course.
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