Lesson Plan


This lesson is a station activity on diamond mines, slave trade, forced labor on African plantations, construction of African railroads. Objective: SWBAT step inside the shoes of Africans living under imperialism by describing four of the biggest tragedies from this time period. 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


imperialism africa europe



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Unit 2: Empire
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-07-28.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson is part of the Empire collection. The lesson has clear objectives and detailed procedures with time allotments and all of the necessary resources. There are a few specific classroom references that could easily be changed to make this usable in any classroom. There is an excellent "Do Now" review of the previous lessons and then a great station activity that provides the students with opportunities to learn about the negative effects of imperialism on Africans. Each of the four stations has a one page reading and a different activity for the students to complete. Finally, there is a journal assignment for homework that asks students to take on the feelings of one person from the time period. Overall, a valuable lesson for students to gain a better understanding of the impact of imperialism.

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