Exploring Africa in a Multi-Faceted Approach

The Exploring Africa! curriculum is divided into Units, Modules, and Learning Activities. Each unit covers a major topic or theme in the study of Africa. Each unit is divided into thematic, disciplinary, regional, or country modules. Each module is comprised of four to eight learning activities. The learning activities in each module vary in length of time needed for completion. Consequently, each module will take between two and five standard 50-minute class periods to complete. Teachers are free to select one or two learning activities from a module or to complete all of the learning activities.

Each module plan in our curriculum follows a carefully prepared format. This format has been developed in accordance with standard lesson and module plans in middle and high school social studies. The core of each module are teaching and learning activities that follow the "5 E's" format:Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate. Each module and lesson also includes teacher background notes and guidelines designed to aid teachers in the most effective use of the learning and teaching activities.