Lesson Plan


This lesson is an introduction to imperialism. Objectives: 1) SWBAT explain the why many Europeans thought it was OK to take over Africa. 2) SWBAT use our new mnemonic device to help me remember those beliefs. This resource is part of Unit 2: Empire and the Social Studies 7 course.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


imperialism empire europe africa



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Unit 2: Empire
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-07-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson is part of the Empire collection. It could be used after the layered curriculum project or as a beginning of a unit on Imperialism. The lesson has clear objectives and detailed procedures with time allotments and all of the necessary resources. There are some specific classroom references that would need to be changed. The activities and content are varied and accurate. There is a good reading about motives for European imperialism, a skit activity, and a journal entry that asks students to examine both the European and African perspective. It should be noted that the reading is very critical of European and American actions during the Age of Imperialism.

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