Lesson Plan


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.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


africa independence imperialism postcolonialism dictatorship



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Curriki Rating
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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 2, as of 2008-02-29.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson has valuable information on the differences between dictatorships and democracies and the development of dictatorships after the departure of the European powers. The lesson includes accurate background information and activities that could be used immediately in the classroom. The lesson engages students in multiple ways providing them with opportunities to read, write, and draw. The maps and the follow-up activities are especially useful. The lesson includes some classroom specific references that need to be changed to meet the individual needs of each teacher. While designed for middle school, the lesson could easily be integrated into many high school World History courses.

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