Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Mansa Musa, and supports the standard of analyzing the roles of interregional travelers in the exchange of goods and ideas. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image from the movie (timestamp: 1:53):

Tell students this map shows trade routes in the Middle Ages. Ask:

  • Why do you think trade might have been important?
  • What do you think might be exchanged through interregional travel? 
  • What long-lasting impacts do you think trade might have? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Mansa Musa topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Famous Faces,” “In Depth,” or “Way Back When.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about Mansa Musa while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are traveling with Mansa Musa. Produce a travelog documenting your journey, including where you go, who you meet, and some effects of your trip. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map tracing the development of Mali before, during, and after Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage to Mecca.  (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme representing Mali in the 13th century. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Mansa Musa Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Mansa Musa Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of the impact of interregional trade and travel with these topics: Silk Road and Trans-Saharan Trade

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