Lesson Plans: Grades 6-8

Lesson 8: Trekking to Timbuktu: Assessment of Lessons 1–7 (Teacher Version)

Created November 18, 2010


The Lesson

Extending The Lesson

  • The fame of Sundiata, a ruler of the ancient empire of Mali, is documented in the epic poem “Sundjata.” Have students read this story (available in libraries and online) and learn about his rise to power. For background information, go to Epic Poetry and Sundiata.
  • Ibn Battuta's trip—Not long after the death of Mansa Musa, a famous traveler—Ibn Battuta—arrived in Mali and wrote about Timbuktu. Learn more about this man and his descriptions of trip by visiting the following websites: Battuta's Trip Twelve, Ibn Battuta and Ibn Batuta: Travels in Asia and Africa
  • Watch a video in which an Islamic scholar of Timbuktu is interviewed. Go to Retelling the Story and click on the videos about Sankore and the ancient manuscripts.
  • Take a visit to modern Timbuktu by accessing Travel (to Timbuktu)

The Basics

Time Required

1 class periods

Subject Areas
  • History and Social Studies > Place > Africa
  • Art and Culture > Medium > Architecture
  • History and Social Studies
  • Art and Culture > Subject Matter > Archaeology
  • History and Social Studies > World > The Ancient World (3500 BCE-500 CE)
  • Art and Culture > Medium > Visual Arts
  • History and Social Studies > Place > Asia
  • Art and Culture
  • Gathering, classifying and interpreting written, oral and visual information
  • Historical analysis
  • Map Skills
  • Visual analysis
  • Suzanne Art (AL)