What I found to be most interesting about the Africa unit was the gold and salt trading. I never would've thought that salt for gold would be a fair trade. Learning about how desperate people were to get their resources is interesting, and I'm glad we learned about it.
What I found to be the least interesting was learning about was the travels of Mansa Musa. Honestly, it was cool how he brought gold every to Mecca, but it really wasn't that interesting to know he brought gold to a foreign country. Like, it didn't really make that big of an impact on the unit and we could've learned more about Africa if we didn't learn about Mansa Musa.
I'd hate to say this, but I disagree with you. Honestly, I thought that the pilgrimage was kinda cool because along the way, he ended up destroying Egypt's economy, and I think that's amazing. (Like, a piece of bread's price could've been raised by $50.)
Also, what do you mean by "it didn't make that big of an impact on the unit"? Before Mansa Musa's pilgrimage, nobody knew that there was a civilization thriving below the Sahara Desert. The pilgrimage was a practical godsend.
I would of never thought that would be a fair trade. I think that it is a really cool and diffrent trade. I am happy I know about it!!
I totally agree with you Jenna. Before this unit if I would have gotten asked if that was a fair trade I would have automatically said no. But now I understand why and I now agree that that is a fair trade.
I 100% agree with you Claire. People back then could be very desperate just for resources. But by trading salt for gold...... that trade could get the best of people. Some people were just to desperate. Right now people would be shocked to hear/learn about that trade. Its crazy that some people would do that since salt is worth $2 today and gold is worth thousands of dollars.
In my opinion, the most interesting thing that happened in the Africa unit was Mansa Musa's pilgrimage to Mecca, just for the sole reason that he ended up destroying other civilization's economies. I just thought it was funny for some reason.
Everything else in the unit was the same as usual, but I'd have to say that the least interesting was learning about the "Eastern, Central, & Southern Kingdoms", aka the Jigsaw. I mean, learning about the achievements that each empire had racked up was nice, but you had to interact with people.
I also think the most interesting thing about the Africa unit was the pilgrimage of mansa musa because like Han said it destroyed Egypt's economy but there were also a lot of different reasons too.
I think that mansa musa's pilgrimage to Mecca was the most interesting because before he went nobody was even sure if there was a civilization past the Sahara dessert. Also he brought back scholars and a bunch of other people to Africa which helped Africa.
I agree with you about how interesting Mansa Musa's pilgrimage to Mecca. It is interesting how it improved it's own economy and ruined Egypt's.
i think thag tje most intresting part of Africa was the salt and gold trade.I did not know that salr was that vaulble over gold back then.The least intresting was rhe geography .That is how it always though I hate geography in general! tjay was my favorite and least favorite part about the Africa unit .
I think the most interesting thing I learned in the Africa unit was learning about the ways the people of Great Zimbabwe, Kilwa, Ethiopia, Axum, and Benin lived. Like Great Zimbabwe made walls to show wealth not protection. Ethiopia made churches out of volcanic rock.
Krista I agree with you. like I said Ethiopia was my favorite because of the churches.
I think the same thing! the trading system so cool!
I think the most interesting part was the trading because it was interesting how they never talk and still traded. I also think it was interesting because they just put an item down walk away. I also think the trading is most interesting because it was fun to play the trading game. I also think the trading is most interesting because I never knew that salt was more valuable than gold in Africa.
I defiantly agree. I could never be silent for that long. Can you imagine trying to understand what the other group was saying, I mean no doubt they had problems the they had to solve somehow.
I would 99% agree Josie. I would not be able to keep quiet for as long as the trade went on. Yikes!!!
My favorite part of the Africa Lesson is the trade. It is so cool to see how trade used to work. I really didn't like the vocab. I don't know why.
I think that the salt for gold trading was the most interesting thing, because today it would be the most absurd thing to ever think of doing. It was also so cool how people did a silent trade. Try being silent for a whole 20 minutes. I can't even do that! I have to say that the activities on the southern western stuff was my least favorite. It was relevant, but not very interesting.
I agree Josie it would be so weird trading with people by not talking with one another. I also agree because it was cool who they traded by not talking.
I agree, Josie and Daniel. It was interesting to learn how the villages couldn't talk since they developed in different parts of Africa, resulting in different languages. Today we take talking for granted and don't really think of how difficult it would be without being able to communicate with one another effectively.
My least favorite thing we did for Africa was the Southern,Eastern, Central Kingdoms. It was my least favorite because I found it wasn't interesting. It was not interesting because I did not like the Jigsaw activity.
I'm still deciding whether I liked the jigsaw groups. The ideas behind it were cool, it was an easy task, and you might've ended up with your friends. There was a minor setback(for my group): Some members were using the time to either a.) distract other members of the group, causing them not to work, and b.) distract the wole group at once by copying and pasting unnecessary pictures that take up the whole slide.
Agree with you Daneil. I loved the jigsaw activity.
What I found least interesting about the East Africa unit was Great Zimbabwe. Now, I'm not saying it was terrible, or anything, but it was just a little monotonous. I think it might be the fact that we only spent a day or two on it, and even then, it seemed like the only thing we discussed about it was the great walls.
I agree with you Ellen, all we really learned about was the walls and how they showed power. In that case I think that great Zimbabwe was the least interesting to learn about.
What I found most interesting were the churches. The churches were 40 feet underground. Also they were made out of volcanic rock. What I didn't find interesting was Great Zimbabwe. All we learned about it was its walls.
Today we might just be all bored about the walls, but back then it was interesting to the royalty. The rulers had a chance to show off their power by building extraordinary walls, that did make a impact on many lives back then.
The churches were pretty amazing, but not as interesting as the silent trading. The churches are just not as "attractive" as silent trade in my opinion.
I also thought that the churches were interesting Mohammad but I liked the gold for salt trade better, but I still liked the churches too.
What I found most interesting about the Africa unit would probably be the salt and gold trade. I liked how we got into groups and tried the silent barter for ourselves. Though it was kind of hard because of not being able to talk, I thought it was cool that we could sort of experience what it was like to silent trade with other 'villages'. I also found it quite interesting that salt was valued so much higher in the past than gold. It shows how much value can increase or decrease based on supply and demand. The least interesting thing we learned this unit, in my opinion, would have to be the Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe, Eithiopia, and Benin kingdoms. I enjoyed the information we learned, but I think I would have liked it better if we did a whole class lesson on the kingdoms rather than jigsaw groups. When we do whole class things, I personally think it is more interesting and I understand the information better when I enjoy learning about it. There was a setback to the jigsaw groups because you were dependent on group members to give you the information needed for the test, but they might have failed to deliver which made you weak in a certain area.
I totally agree with you. The salt and gold trade would seem unfair today but back then, it made a lot of sense and was very necessary.
I think the most interesting part of the Africa unit was that the trade because they had a certain set up and it was pretty fair got the most part. People got what they needed and they didn't make much fuss or arguments out of it and people made sure that if they didn't want it that they didn't keep it and I also think it's cool that they had their own languages (each kingdom) and didn't talk.
I would agree Alisa. I was pretty shocked that the trade that went on was silent. Just throwing it out there, but the Silent Barter would not turn out so well. Partially, since today people have lawyers and could easily sew if they do not get what they want.
I think that the most interesting part of the Africa unit was learning about the Silent Barter. It was so interesting that since the traders did not speak the same language, they had to silently trade goods. To be honest, there was not really a part of the unit that was not enjoyable to learn about. Plus, I am always or sometimes ready to charge into the learning battlefield. Learning about Africa might not be the best thing or subject to learn about, but it might come in handy in the future of history.
The African unit was really interesting because everything was new to me, churches underground, walls to show wealth, and many other things. But the most interesting part of the unit was learning about the silent trading. I think it's the most interesting because you don't really know who your trading with and you have to trust them.
The most interesting part about Africa was the Mansa Musa's pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage gave Africa architect to build churches. I thought the walls of Great Zimbabwe were the least interesting. The walls were only used for showing wealth and power not defending a kingdom of isolation.
The thing I found most interesting was the gold for salt trade.I found this the most interesting because I never would of that people would actually trade gold for salt because thats ridiculous. The that I found the least interesting was the walls of Great Zimbabwe.
I agree with you Johnathan. I also find it interesting how they would trade gold for salt.
I think that the trade was really cool because they didn't speak but they still traded effectively. Also, they traded some items that would seem unfair today like the salt and gold. The amount of salt would be traded for the same amount of gold but today, gold is much more valuable than salt so that was very interesting to learn.
To me, there wasn't anything that wasn't interesting. Mansa Musa's pilgrimage seemed pretty interesting and like I said, trade with silent barter was also very interesting. I also liked makes my a project to show the savanna, Mediterranean, desert, and the rainforests.
I think the most interesting things about the Africa unit was the trade. I found interesting how they didn't talk to be there when the trade was happening. I wouldn't be able to do that for that long. Also I found in weird how everyone knew what they were doing without taking or looking at each other.
I thought that the most interesting part of this unit was the silent barter. I would never be able to do that! I can't imagine how hard it was to try to figure out what the others wanted. You didn't know who you were trading with either so that doesn't help. I thought it was cool to do the activity and try it on our own.
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