1743 French Map of Northwest Africa, depicting the areas covered in this curriculum unit.
Credit: Courtesy of American Memory at the Library of Congress.
Using several pieces of poster board taped together, make an illustrated timeline of the history of Timbuktu. For the illustrations, use graphics downloaded from websites visited during this unit or draw pictures freehand. As a guide for important dates, consult Timeline.
Well, you've gone “all the way to Timbuktu.” And you've made it home alive!
You've certainly discovered many of the mysteries, intrigues, and realities of life in that remote part of the world—and you're now armed with plenty of good reasons why someone might want to visit there.
Now it's time to convince the producers of Globe Trekkers to film an episode there.
Hope you've saved all the notes and pictures you've taken as well as the essays you wrote on your adventure. Your final task is to create a large poster exhibit in which you highlight—through image and written word—the most interesting aspects of each topic you've investigated—i.e., geography, trade, early years of Timbuktu, Mansa Musa's pilgrimage and mosque-building, the Golden Age of scholarship, the search for the lost city of Timbuktu, and efforts currently being made to restore the past.Use colorful language and any strategy you can think of to grab the attention of the viewer. Remember, you're selling your idea! Once you've completed the visual part of your presentation, start practicing your speech.
When you're all set, make your presentation to your classmates, who will dutifully carry out the role of the Globe Trekker producers. Good luck!
Not ready to go home? Tell your producer you have some more hot tips to explore.
2 class periods