Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 104: The Decline of th Empire of Mali (2/27/12)

Standard: Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires.

Aim: The historians of 2017 will be able to analyze a primary source created by a visitor to the empire of Mali and describe what they can conclude from the text about the role of Islam at the height of the empire.

1. Submit homework

2. Quick Survey: Take this quick survey on Google Tasks and whether or not you found it useful.

3. Do Now: In this Socrative quiz are five statements. Your job is to determine whether or not each statement is true or false. At this point, you should know the first four with 110% certainty. The fifth one is a little more difficult and might require a little research back to a video or your notes. However, since you can use all your notes, this will go directly into the gradebook today and will be out of 5 points!

4. Analysis: Primary Source

Background: Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan diplomat who was traveling to the empire of Mali in the mid 14th century. Below is one of the observations he made while on his trip:
"Another of their good qualities is their habit of wearing clean white garments on Friday [the Islamic holy day]. Even if a man has nothing but an old worn shirt, he washes it and cleans it, and wears it to the Friday service. Yet another is their eagerness for learning the Qur'an by heart.... I visited the qadi [a religious leader] in his house on the day of the festival. His children were chained up is I said to him 'will you not let them loose?'. He replied, 'I shall not until they learn the Qur'an."

5. Together: Go to YouTube and follow along as Mr. Sanders shows you how to set up your YouTube account. If you have not turned in your permission slip, you should move onto step six and setup your YouTube channel once your permission slip is turned in.

6. Complete your project. Remember, it is due tomorrow at the beginning of class:

Here are the three options for the project:
Option 1: Create a comic strip telling the story of the rise and fall of Ghana. Your comic needs to have at least six boxes, and you need to use the accurate information in your notes to tell a complete story.

Option 2: Create a Popplet using ALL the information in your notes. Like any good Popplet, you should have text, images, and even video. Make sure all of your notes are complete before you start your Popplet.

Option 3: Create a Google presentation on the Empire of Ghana and the Kingdom of Mali. Your presentation should include relevant images and accurate information directly from your notes.

Homework: Complete your history project. Make sure it is ready to turn in tomorrow at the beginning of class.

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