Countries of Africa
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2012 by 08:00

It's time to start decorating our classroom map of Africa! Each one of you has a country that I have picked out for you below. Follow the steps carefully to know what you need to do for this blog post AND for the Africa map in the classroom.

= Blog post assignment
STEPS IN PURPLE = African map assignment in classroom

STEP ONE: Each of you has three clues that connect to a country in Africa. Read the clues and do a Google search to see if you can find the name of your country. Define each of the three words in your blog post.

STEP TWO: Once you have found the name of your African nation, you will need to fill in the blanks below on the essential information of your country for the blog:

1. Name of African Country:__________________
2. Capital: __________________
3. Population: __________________
4. Official Languages: __________________
5. Currency: __________________

STEP THREE: Can you locate your country on a world map? Find your country on the classroom African map drawn by 8th grader Piotr and trace the outline of it on a blank piece of paper. Decorate the country by drawing and coloring the official flag inside the outline (See below for two examples).

STEP FOUR: Cut out your map and write the name of the country on the opposite side. Tape a corner of the country on the large African map in the classroom so others can lift up the map to see the country's name on the opposite side. 

Find out what and where the capital of your African country is. Neatly write the capital name and a star with a circle around it (⍟) under your country map flap on the classroom African map.


LAUREN A.: Sudd / Salva Kiir Mayardit / 2011 independence referendum

Tigre people / UNOVER / Isaias Afewerki

Erg of Bilma / Djado Plateau / Cure Salée

"Dead Heart of Africa" / Tibesti Mountains
/ Chari Jazz

Darfur / haboob / secretary bird

Dogon people / Timbuktu / Festival au désert

Ben Amera / Eye of the Sahara / Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

Lake Retba / Youssou N'Dour / ceebu jen

LUCA: Conakry Monster / Fouta Djallon / Camp Boiro

"Gold Coast" / Lake Volta / Elmina Castle

Mende people / blood diamonds / Tiwai Island

zoblazo / Kedjenou / Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Upper Volta / mobylettes / Mossi people

Blo Degbo / James Monroe / Pepper Coast

LAUREN T.: Gelede / Nollywood / Argungu Fishing Festival

Connections to Africa
Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012 by 08:00

Take a look at this Catalan map from 1375 and answer the questions below on the blog:

1. What parts of the world are featured on the map?

2. What do you think is the brown curved path featured at the top right of the map? (Hint: Look at the map pictured below for a clue!)

3. Who is pictured on his throne on the bottom right of the map?

4. Why do you think this African king mentioned in question 3 has been featured on the map? What did he do that made him so famous to be pictured on a map?


Name that tribe!
Deadline: Monday, October 8, 2012 by 08:00

As you have been learning in class, North America has several different culture areas, each with their own distinct climate, animals, languages, geographic features, and people.

Take  a look at the four clues below. Each one describes a different Native American tribe from North America.

  • Write your answers to each of the tribes below, and define any red boldfaced words in your blog post.

  • For the fifth tribe, you are responsible for writing your own three clues for others to guess on the blog.

TRIBE NUMBER ONE: New York / original members of the Iroquois League / "People of the Flint"
The name of the tribe number one is: _________________________________

TRIBE NUMBER TWO: Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland and Alaska /  igloo / kayak
The name of the tribe number two is: _________________________________

TRIBE NUMBER THREE: New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona / The Long Walk / hogan
The name of the tribe number three is: _________________________________

TRIBE NUMBER FOUR: Midwestern United States and Canada / Sitting Bull / Wounded Knee Massacre
The name of the tribe number four is: _________________________________

TRIBE NUMBER FIVE: __________________ / __________________ / __________________
The name of tribe number five is: _________________________________


    The rules are simple:

    1. Check this blog every Monday. Blog writing is part of your homework grade.

    2. Write a comment of 5 sentences or more on the weekly blog post or on another student's response.

    3. Use correct capitalization and punctuation when writing.

    4. Go back and read your comment again OUT LOUD. (This can be to your computer screen or to your dog, if you have one). Edit your mistakes.

    5. Make sure your commentary is clean and respectful.


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