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Origin and Expansion of the Bantu Language

By Patti Kennamer, Susan Westfall
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"Why did the Bantu people migrate?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Parts of the Bantu language can be found in most languages throughout the world today.
  • People need to be knowledgable of other cultures.
  • It is important for students to learn to synthesize information, develop their own critical views about historical events, and be able to articulate their reasoning.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will create a journal of an imaginary trip through Africa.
  • Students will track the migration of the Bantu people on a map of the African continent.
  • Students will develop a hypothesis for the Bantu migration and write an essay with supporting evidence.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Social Studies
Grade 6
SOC-6-2. The student understands the contributions of individuals and groups from various cultures to selected historical and contemporary societies.
SOC-6-2.A. Explain the significance of individuals or groups from selected societies, past and present.
SOC-6-3. The student uses maps, globes, graphs, charts, models, and databases to answer geographic questions.
SOC-6-3.B. Pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns for selected world regions and countries shown on maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases.
SOC-6-4. The student understands the characteristics and relative locations of major historical and contemporary societies.
SOC-6-4.A. Locate major historical and contemporary societies on maps and globes.
SOC-6-4.C. Explain ways in which human migration influences the character of places and regions.
SOC-6-4.D. Identify and explain the geographic factors responsible for the location of economic activities in places and regions.
SOC-6-17. The student understands relationships that exist among world cultures.
SOC-6-17.C. Analyze how culture traits spread.
SOC-6-17.D. Explain why cultures borrow from each other.
SOC-6-17.E. Evaluate how cultural borrowing affects world cultures.
Social studies skills
SOC-6-21. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
SOC-6-21.C. Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps.
SOC-6-22. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
SOC-6-22.D. Create written and visual material such as journal entries, reports, graphic organizers, outlines, and bibliographies.
Technology Applications
Grades 6-8
Information Acquisition
TECH-(6-8).4. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision.
TECH-(6-8).4.A. use strategies to locate and acquire desired information on LANs and WANs, including the Internet, intranet, and collaborative software.
TECH-(6-8).4.B. apply appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information including keyword and Boolean search strategies.