Created By: Michael Marassa, Edison Middle School (Champaign, IL)
Grade Level: 7th-8th
Content Area: Language Arts/Social Studies
Database Integration: Students will analyze
two Ghana Artifacts and discuss how these help us to understand their
that Meets this Standard
Use information to form, explain, and support questions and predictions.
to predictions and discussion responses to questions.
- Copies of two Ghana Artifacts
(Chief Chair, Fertility Figure)
- Summaries of Artifact history/purpose
- Materials for writing - pen, paper
- African-American Experience - Globe Book Co. 1992
- Read Chapter 2 of African-American
Experience, detailing the history of early African empires of Ghana,
Mali, and Songhai.
- Discuss characteristics
of each empire, making Venn diagrams of common characteristics and differences.
- Share Chief Chair artifact
and have students create questions individually about what they would
want to know about this object.
- List Student questions on
the board and have students begin to make informal predictions as answers
to these questions, as well as which questions they might not be able
- Follow same procedural steps
3 & 4 for Fertility Figure artifact.
- Share description information
for Chief Chair. Discuss how this information may answer some of our
questions and does it match any of our predictions. What else does the
description reveal about the artifact.
- Follow same procedure for
- Collect student questions.
Students will be informally assessed by their written questions about
the two artifacts and for their participation in the class discussion.
Teacher should use probing questions to assess student ability to create
questions and make predictions.