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African Imperialism and Map Analysis
In this lesson students will be using an interactive map website to analyze the impacts of imperialism on Africa and connecting this to the greater global impact colonization of Africa will have moving forward through history.

*Note: this lesson should be taught during an Imperialism unit of Modern World History. Students should be somewhat familiar with the Berlin Conference and its global impact in order for them to be able to thoroughly analyze the map.

I can:
  • Accurately analyze an interactive map, including using the different filters and views to gather information

  • Summarize relevant information from a map and apply it to questions

  • Apply information about African imperialism to previous and future global events studied in this course

Tech Skills:
  • Keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Text editing

Materials and Resources:
Grade Level:
  • 9th Grade

Subject Area:
  • World History

  1. Students will begin the class period completing some form of bellringer/review over the definition of imperialism, the three root causes of imperialism (social, political, and economic), and the Berlin Conference goals

    Kahoot, Socrative, and TodaysMeet are all great tools for quick recaps and reviews at the start of class

  2. After students have answered the above questions, the instructor will lead a brief review of the concepts, correcting any misunderstandings prior to continuing to activity two.

  3. Transition students with the idea that now they have reviewed the basics of imperialism and its beginning in Africa, they are going to be examining African imperialism through several different lenses and time periods with an interactive map.

  4. Make a copy of Scramble for Africa Google Doc and share your copy with students.

  5. If you are sharing a hard copy, be sure to un-do the hyperlink and just include the url.

  6. Each student should be navigating the maps individually and using the information and visuals presented to answer the questions in the Google Doc.

  7. As students are working, the instructor should be encouraging students to utilize all of the different views of Africa that the interactive map provides.

  8. Students should complete the “Bringing It All Together” Question (#8) for homework. This question asks students to use the information presented throughout the interactive map to make predictions about the larger historical impact of African Imperialism, especially moving forward into World War I.

    This questions requires students to demonstrate skills in Keyboarding and mouse use, as well as, text editing.


ONLS: Modern World History

3. Historians develop theses and use evidence to support or refute positions

4. Historians analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.

11. Imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, spread of Western values and maintenance of political control.

12. The consequences of imperialism were viewed differently by the colonizers and the colonized.

Supplementary Resources:

Scramble for Africa overview video

Oxford Reference- Berlin Conference

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