Learning About Africa

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Grade Level
Middle School
Social Studies
Length of Time
45 minutes to 1 hour

In this lesson, students will write about a location in Africa. They will choose a place and write a short story featuring them as the main character. The short story would be about something they would do in their setting if they lived there.


Students will learn:
About a specific place in Africa such as Sahara, Atlas Mountains, Great Rift Valley, and Mount Kilimanjaro

Materials Needed

Social Studies Book
Notebook Paper
Pencils and Erasers or Pens and White Outs


For this lesson, students will need to use their social studies books and maps. Before they begin this project, you need to teach them about Africa and the different locations in Africa such as Sahara, Atlas Mountains, Great Rift Valley, and Mount Kilimanjaro.

After that, the students can choose one of the locations above and gather information about their location. They need to include information such as where it is in Africa, climate, products, activities, and other information for their short story.

Then, they will write an outline of their story so they can be prepared to write their short story.

They will be the main character, and their setting would be their location in Africa. The setting and facts about their location need to be true. The other events in their short story can be fiction.

They should write outline first so they can organize their short story. The outline should include an introduction, setting, characters, what they will include in their story such as climate, products, activities, and then a conclusion. The outline should be brief, but it should contain enough information so that students could write their short story.

When they have completed their outline, they can write their short story. After that, you can collect the papers and grade them.


You can grade the papers according to the accuracy of the information the students gathered about their location in Africa. You can also grade them on the structure of their story and the mechanics.

100 to 90 = A

89 to 80 = B

79 to 70 = C

69 to 60 = D

Below 60 = F

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