Cultures of Africa
  • A GLORIOUS AGE IN AFRICA:  The Story of the Great Empires.  By Daniel Chu and Elliott P. Skinner. African World Press, 1990.  A revealing look at West African history from the 8th through 16th centuries, focusing on the successive rise of three Sudanese empires: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay.  Complemented by illustrations and maps, the accessible text surveys daily life, trade, and customs in these three powerful kingdoms, the rivals of any contemporary civilization in Europe.  Nobles, workers, and artists wander through the stories of complex societies that dominated Africa's development in the days before European invasion. Grades 5 and up. 
  • AFRICA TODAY: An Atlas of Reproducible Pages.  World Eagle, Inc.  1990.  A valuable source of handouts illustrating many features of the continent and countries of Africa.  More than 150 reproducible maps, graphs/ and tables highlight a wide variety of topics, including size comparisons, population growth rates, resources, languages, religions, demographical patterns, food distribution, and health problems.  For example, one map illustrates the size of Africa by showing that China, the United States, India, Europe, Argentina, New Zealand could all fit into Africa with room to spare.  The atlas includes 53 country maps.  Grades 7-12.
  • AFRICA WORLD TRAVEL MAPS.  Bartholomew.  Harper Collins Publishers.  1991.  These large wall maps are colorful and detailed.  Clearly indicated are the major geographic features, political boundaries, and the locations of major cities, towns, rivers, lakes, highways, and railroads.  Land elevations are dramatically emphasized in gradient color tints for clear visual impact.  Each map is printed on heavy stock and folds into convenient storage.
  • AFRICA.  Barbara Gillespie-Washington.  Teacher Created Materials, 1999; reprinted 2002.  Designed for grades 2-4, this book has many reproducible activities that can be used when teaching about the continent of Africa. 
  • AFRICA:  A Learning Center Approach.  by Jan Reed Brown and Linda Pearo. Dec. 1987. This resource is designed for 6th and 7th graders and contains activities and projects to explore geography, culture, self-identity, economy, development, change and the government of 4 sub-Saharan regions of Africa.
  • AFRICA:  An End to White Rule?  New York: New York Times.  March, 1979.  Filmstrip and cassette focusing on Southern Africa and the issues of de-colonization and race relations.
  • AFRICA:  Our Global Village.  By Nancy Klepper.  Milliken Publishing Co., 1990.  Students learn about Africa by counting in Swahili, creating ceremonial masks, studying maps, making a mural reflecting Africa's culture, and taking part in a harvest festival. Grades K-3.
  • AFRICA:  Shedding Light on the “Dark Continent”.  This resource is designed for 4th © 6th graders and includes activities and reproducible worksheets.
  • AFRICA:  South of the Sahara.  By James I. Clark.  McDougal, Littell and Co., 1989.  Covers human paleontology, ancient civilization, colonialism, independence, ways of life in three areas, contemporary problems in the South, city and village life, and education.  2 copies. Secondary.
  • AFRICA:  Teacher’s Manual.  By James M. Edwards.  McDougal, Littell and Co.  1989.  This manual is to be used with AFRICA: SOUTH OF THE SAHARA.
  • AFRICA: Guide to Educational Resources From and About Africa.  Africa World Press, 1997.  Comprehensive annotated list of resources on Africa.  This resource offers a look at understanding the changing Africa of today. 
  • AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE: 15 Plays for the Classroom.  Scholastic, Inc., 1996.  Lights go up on George Washington Carver, age seven, tinkering in his secret garden--a foreshadow of his evolution into a pioneering botanist.  These reproducible classroom plays not only promote the importance of African Americans in history but also foster oral literacy, reading skills, and self-confidence.  Grades 4-8. 
  • AFRICAN CIVILIZATION REVISITED: From Antiquity to Modern Times.  By Basil Davidson. African World Press, 1991.  A wide-ranging survey of the rich and varied history of the African continent from Ancient Egypt through the middle of the 20th century.  Focusing primarily on the south of the Sahara, the book reveals the story of Africa as told in the records of chiefs and kings, merchants and travelers, poets and pirates and scholars.  Advanced students.
  • AFRICAN GAMES OF STRATEGY.  African Outreach Series, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 61801, 1983.   Board games: African versions of Tic-Tac Toe, checkers, etc.  Illustrated with playing diagrams, it includes background information, maps, worldwide listing of names for "mankala," and board designs.
  • AFRICAN GAMES OF STRATEGY.  By Louise Crane.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 1982.  Brings together in one source information about, and detailed playing instructions for, some of the most common types of African games involving strategy and mathematical principles. All levels.
  • AFRICAN HERITAGE CHART.  London: Pictorial Charts Educational Trust.  Through the use of maps, pictures, and graphs, the chart describes African artistic achievements, European colonization, trade routes within Africa, extent of Islam, great historical civilizations, and much more.
  • AFRICAN MASK MAKING.  1989.  This is a hands-on project that explores the craft of African culture.  This kit provides historical information, step-by-step illustrated instructions, and all of the materials needed to make an authentic looking mask.  Grades 4-8.
  • AFRICAN NAMES: People and Places.  Written by Louise Crane, edited by Jane Ellen Mohraz.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 1982.  Attempts to teach about African cultures through learning about the names of African people and places.  Background, activities and supplementary material deal with the choices of names, naming ceremonies and name changing. Secondary.
  • AFRICAN STUDIES: Curriculum Related Handouts for Teachers.  African Studies Program, University of Illinois, 1981.  A group of prepared handouts and activities for classroom use.
  • AFRO-BETS FIRST BOOK ABOUT AFRICA.  By Veronica Freeman Ellis.  Just Us Books, Orange, New Jersey, 1989.  The Afro-bets kids and their storyteller explore the cultural diversity, rich history, and the beautiful and exciting land of Africa. For young readers.
  • AMAZING AFRICAN ANERICAN HISTORY: A Book of Answers for Kids.  By Diane Patrick.  New York Public Library and Stonesong Press, Inc, 1998.  Who are the Black Muslims?  What was the Harlem Renaissance?  In addition to asking and answering hundreds of questions, this illustrated book profiles noted African Americans and uncovers some historical nuggets from Colonial times to the hopeful 1990's. 
  • AN UJAMAA VILLAGE IN TANZANIA.  VCOAD, London.  Twelve slides and booklet focusing on cooperative living in rural Tanzania.
  • ANIMAL FABLES AND OTHER TALES.  Retold by Enid D'Oyley.  African World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, 1986.  Stories from the rich body of African oral tradition which survived on the American continent.  Stories come from Brazil, Haiti, and the United States. 
  • APARTHEID AND U.S. POLICY.  Editorial Forum, GEM Publications, 1983.  Editorials cover a wide range of opinions concerning U.S. policy and its treatment of countries practicing apartheid.
  • APARTHEID IN PRACTICE.  Anti-Apartheid Movement of London.  A set of 4 posters covering health and housing, law and order, education and land distribution in South Africa.
  • ARAB WOMEN AT WORK.  UNICEF  Display material.  A 12-picture photo exhibit with captions; Women at Work in Eastern Africa; a 12-picture photo exhibit with captions; village technology wallsheet.
  • ASHANTI TO ZULU: African Traditions.  By Margaret Musgrove.  Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, 1976.  Has a name of a different group of African people for each letter of the alphabet.  Includes drawings and some examples.
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY: West African STYLE.  Arkansas International Center and CTIR Publications, 1994.  This book is designed as an introduction to West African culture for both teachers and students who have little background about Africa.  It provides some basic concepts and a conceptual framework for learning more about West Africa.  It is also designed as an interdisciplinary unit.  Activities include My African Community, Exploring Sources of African History, West African Courtesies and Values, and African Literature.  $35.95.  Three-hole drilled, with reproducible student handouts.  Includes a set of 20 slides.  Grades 6-9.
  • CAPE VERDE AND ITS PEOPLE: A Short History.  By Raymond Almeida and Patricia Nyhan.  The American Committee for Cape Verde, Inc., Boston, Mass., 1976.  A short history of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean people in the United States.  Teacher's Guide with activities and questions included.  Secondary level.
  • CHILDREN UNDER APARTHEID.  International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa in co-operation with United Nations Center Against Apartheid.  A portable photographic exhibition with text.
  • CURRICULUM MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS.  Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1985.  Compiled with the purpose of providing teachers and others interested with current information and resources on Africa that are not ordinarily available to the non-specialist. Various levels.
  • EGYPT IN COLOR:  Activities and Projects.  by Josie Farnay and Claude Soleillant, NY.:   Sterling, 1979.  A colorful book featuring craft ideas from the traditions of ancient Egypt.  Included are step-by-step directions for making costumes, jewelry, food items, decorations, historical relics and replicas, as well as a game to play and stories to read and act out. 
  • EGYPT RESOURCE KIT.  Utah State Board of Education, 1978.  Contains activities introducing Egyptian culture and society.  Themes of work, education, dress, economic development, village life, and architecture are treated.  Color slides.  Grades 6-12.
  • FOCUS ON SOUTH AFRICA:  Time Running Out.  Intercom 105, GPE*, 1982. Presents a selection of material on South Africa and has students investigate the situation and make assessments about the future of South Africa. Suggests methods of looking at and forming opinions on controversial issues.  Grades 7-12.
  • GHANA SLIDE SET.  UNICEF,  1978.  Twenty slides with script.
  • GOLDEN NAMES FOR AN AFRICAN PEOPLE.  By Nia Damali.  Blackwood Press, Cedartown, Georgia, 1986.  Lists of African and Arabic names with their pronunciations, meanings, and origins. 
  • KENYA SLIDE SET.  by the United States Committee for UNICEF*.  Contents:  Twenty "Kenya" slides, 1 slide commentary:  "UNICEF in Kenya"
  • L'AFRIQUE EN FRANCAIS.  By Severine Arlabosse.  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 1986.  Designed to introduce French language students to francophone Africa.  Includes background information such as history, religion, education and sections on four different countries.  Secondary. 
  • MANSA MUSA: AFRICAN KING OF GOLD by Joseph Palumbo.  Published by National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles.  This unit combines lessons in the history and geography of medieval West Africa. Students will read the fascinating descriptions of life in the court of Mans Musa, king of Ancient Mali, as recorded by 14th century Arab scholars.  For grades 7-9.
  • MEETING OTHER CULTURES:  Boran, Kenya.  VHS Video Cassette, 1/2 inch format.
  • NEW DIMENSIONS IN AFRICAN HISTORY.  Edited by John Henik Clarke.  Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ, 1991.  Transcripts of the London Lectures of Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan and Dr. John Henrik Clarke.  Speaks on colonialism and African resistance, Africans in the Americas, and African contributions to science and technology.
  • NHO LOBO:  Folk Tales of the Cape Verdean People.  By Patricia Nyhan and Raymond Almeida.  TCHUBA The American Committee for Cape Verde, Boston, Mass., 1976. An introduction to Cape Verdean folklore with folktales and discussion questions.  Teacher's guide and curriculum material. Upper elementary school.
  • PROVERBS OF AFRICA.  By Carol Bacak-Egbo and Paul Kofi Egbo.  AFAM International Educational Consultancy, Pontiac, MI, 1991. Includes sheets of proverbs from across Africa.  Deals with comparing proverbs, pondering proverbs and inventing your own.  Includes a writing activity and art project.  Secondary.
  • RECOGNIZING MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES.  By Carol Bacak-Egbo and Paul Kofi Egbo.  AFAM International Educational Consultancy, Pontiac, MI, 1991.  Deals with basic concepts of stereotypes and the recognizing of stereotypes. Focuses on recognizing myths and stereotypes about Africa and correcting those stereotypes.  Secondary. 
  • RECOGNIZING MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES.  By Carol Bacak-Egbo and Paul Kofi Egbo.  AFAM International Educational Consultancy, Pontiac, MI, 1991.  Deals with basic concepts of stereotypes and the recognizing of stereotypes. Focuses on recognizing myths and stereotypes about Africa and correcting those stereotypes.  Secondary. 
  • RELIGIONS IN AFRICA.  By C.C. Stewart and Donald Crummey with Louise Crane.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, Urbana, 1984.  Designed to provide an overview of three major religious systems in Africa and how they have functioned and changed.  Contains background information, activities and supplementary materials. Secondary.
  • RELIGIONS IN AFRICA.  By C.C. Stewart and Donald Crummey with Louise Crane.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, Urbana, 1984.  Designed to provide an overview of three major religious systems in Africa and how they have functioned and changed.  Contains background information, activities and supplementary materials. Secondary.
  • ROOTS OF JUSTICE: STORIES OF ORGANIZING IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.  By Larry R. Salomon.  Roots of Justice recaptures some of the nearly forgotten histories of communities of color.  These are the stories of people who fought back against exploitation and injustice - and won.  From the Zoot Suiters who refused to put up with abuse at he hands of the Navy to women who organized the welfare rights movement of the 1970's.  Roots of Justice shows how, though organizing, ordinary people have made extraordinary contributions to change society.  In the time of cynicism, this is an especially needed book.
  • ROOTS OF TIME: A Portrait of African Life and Culture.  By Margo Jefferson and Elliot P. Skinner.  African World Press, 1974, 1990.  Referring to Africa as a "kaleidoscope of the traditional and the modern" where the unique geographic patterns and culture syntheses coalesce, this accessible book provides an overview of the people and belief systems of the content.  Chapters address childhood, economic systems, family politics, religion, and the arts.  Additionally, the illustrated volume explores issues confronting contemporary Africa to present a panoramic picture of African life.  Grades 5-10.
  • ROOTS OF TIME: A Portrait of African Life and Culture.  By Margo Jefferson and Elliot P. Skinner.  African World Press, 1974, 1990.  Referring to Africa as a "kaleidoscope of the traditional and the modern" where the unique geographic patterns and culture syntheses coalesce, this accessible book provides an overview of the people and belief systems of the content.  Chapters address childhood, economic systems, family politics, religion, and the arts.  Additionally, the illustrated volume explores issues confronting contemporary Africa to present a panoramic picture of African life.  Grades 5-10.
  • SOUTH AFRICAN PICTURE/POSTERS.  Sixteen posters depicting apartheid in South Africa.
  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Problems and U.S. Alternatives.  Intercom, GPE*, 1972.  Considers the region's problems and implications for the U.S.  Substantive essay on the area, and five teaching units with readings and discussion questions.
  • STUDENT PROJECTS FROM THE 1992 AFRICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE.  This collection is made up of 12 final projects from the African studies institute held at UVM in the summer of 1992.  Titles of projects include:  "Arts in African Culture", "Grasslands of Africa", "Africa, a multicultural Study", "Africa Through Children's Literature", "Kenya Explorations" and "African Diversity".  Various levels. 
  • STUDENT PROJECTS FROM THE 1992 AFRICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE.  This collection is made up of 12 final projects from the African studies institute held at UVM in the summer of 1992.  Titles of projects include:  "Arts in African Culture", "Grasslands of Africa", "Africa, a multicultural Study", "Africa Through Children's Literature", "Kenya Explorations" and "African Diversity".  Various levels. 
  • TEACHING ABOUT AFRICA: A Continent of Complexities.  By Ronald Byrnes and Peter Downing with Carol Vogler.  CTIR Publications, 1994.  Despite regular appearances in the headlines of the world’s newspapers, the nations of Africa today remain a mystery to many teachers and students alike.  Africa, though, continues to be a powerful force in the international system.  The end of apartheid in South Africa; the tragedy of Rwanda; the struggles in Somalia and Sudan; the expansion of the Sahara; the optimism of Kenya and Zimbabwe; the spread of AIDS - these issues require a closer look and a greater understanding of the African continent.  This revised and rewritten version of the CTIR’s popular book explores the tremendous diversity of Africa’s peoples, cultures, geography, and contemporary issues.  The best of the earlier editions many activities have been revised and updated, and numerous new activities have been included.  Revised activities include: What’s in a myth: The Case of the Asante, But They Told Me So: Africa in the Press, Perceiving Size, and The African Connection.  New activities include: This Land is Your Land, The New South Africa, and Who’s Who in Africa: Yesterday and Today.   reproducible student handouts and a set of 30 slides.  Grades 7-12. 
  • TEACHING ABOUT AFRICA: Tradition and Change.  By Carol Vogler and Peter Downing.  Center for Teaching International Relations.  1991. A resource with 23 activities to help students appreciate the immense diversity of African peoples, cultures, and geography.  The informative text explores how modernization and independence affect African nations and how these nations influence the global system.  Topics include "Who's Who and Who's Where in Africa?," and "Africa and You: The African Connection."  Detailed instructions on how to present the activities are provided. Secondary.
  • TELEVISION IN NIGERIA.  By Carol Bacak and Paul Kofi Egbo. AFAM International Educational Consultancy, Pontiac, MI, 1986.  Text on the history and changing political purposes of television in Nigeria with six follow-up activities.  Secondary.
  • THE AFRICANS: A Triple Heritage.  By Ali A. Mazrui.  Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Mass., 1986.  The author focuses on Africa's "triple heritage" of indigenous traditions, Islamic culture and Western influence. A look at how the conflict or synthesis of these forces has determined the situation in Africa today, and what it holds for the future.  Secondary. 
  • THE CLIFF DWELLERS OF MALI:  Dogon Tribe of West Africa.  Ridgefield CONN.:  Current Affairs, 1974. In the baked, barren midland of Mali, an area larger than Texas, 250,000 Dogons live in villages spread over the cliffs.  Even though it is painstakingly hard work to eke out a living in this barren, rocky soil, the Dogons remain on the land that their ancestors chose over 600 years ago.  Color Sound Filmstrip.  Intermediate. Secondary.
  • THE KINGDOMS OF AFRICA:  The Making of the Past.  By Peter Garlake.  Peter Berdick Books, 1990.  Based on oral histories and the discoveries of archaeologists, this richly illustrated volume explores the mysteries of Africa's past.  Chapters address physical characteristics, interpretations made by early explorers, and the different cultures of Southern, East, and West Africa.  Grades 7 and up.
  • THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE:  Portraits of the Nations Series.  By Patricia Cheney.  HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. 
  • THE LAND OF KUSH:  Step into the Past.  By Judy Smith and Carolyn Nicholas.  In-Step Productions, 1991.  This five-day unit study on Kush interweaves student readings with correlated writing and mapping activities.  Five sections focus on geography, contributions (iron production), the origins of Kush civilization along the Nile, and the empire's decline and lasting legacy as the society which brought Africa from the stone age into the age of iron. Includes learning objectives and suggested teaching methods.  Grades 6-8.
  • THE SAMO OF UPPER VOLTA: A People in West Africa.  OXFAM Education Department.  This set of resources (e.g., maps, photographs and data sheets) provides information on the people and culture of the Samo.  Secondary.
  • THROUGH AFRICAN EYES.  by  Leon Clarke, (ed).  New York: Center for International Training and Education, Vol. 1-6, 1971.  Explores African history from tribal days to colonialism to the present through primary source material.  Teacher's guide included. 
  • TOWN AND VILLAGE IN NORTHERN GHANA..  London:  VCOAD.  Twelve slides and booklet focusing on market-life and commerce in a rural Ghanaian town.
  • TWO VOICES FROM NIGERIA: Nigeria Through the Literature of Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta.  SPICE, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1985.  Uses excerpts from novels as a way to view Nigerian culture and history through the eyes of its people.  This unit has readings, classroom activities, and extensive background information for the teacher.  Designed for use in both history and English classes.  Secondary. 
  • UNICEF IN AFRICA SLIDE SET.  by the United States Committee for UNICEF*.  Contents:  Twenty "UNICEF in Africa" slides, 1 slide commentary, and teacher's guide.
  • UNICEF SCHOOL SERIES NO. 3:  Kwadwo of Ghana.  UNICEF*   Includes 30 slides about a 12 year old "eldest son" in Ghana, written commentary, teacher's notes and student activities.  Elementary.  Secondary.  Adult.
  • VOICI L'AFRIQUE FRANCOPHONE.  By Laurence Becker.  SPICE, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1986.  Provides the French language teacher with lesson plans and materials which simultaneously reinforce French language skills, teach about African culture and infuse global education skills and concepts.  For students at the intermediate level in French.
  • WEST AFRICAN PIDGIN ENGLISH.  By Carol Bacak-Egbo and Paul Kofi Egbo.  AFAM International Educational Consultancy, Pontiac, MI, 1992.  This unit includes content information on the history, structure and use of West African Pidgin English.  Integrates social studies, language arts, reading and art.  Comes with a cassette tape. Secondary.
  • WHAT IS A RESOURCE?  By Laurence Becker.  SPICE, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1985.  Studies the term "development", resources and culture, mineral and energy resources, and self-reliance in the context of Africa.  Secondary.
  • WOMEN AT WORK IN EAST AFRICA.  UNICEF*  Exhibit of photos with text.