Congo and Africa's World War: Crash Course World History 221

Clarify the history and conditions of modern-day Africa with a video by Crash Course World History. As high schoolers learn about Joseph-Desire Mobutu, the Rwandan Genocide, and the first democratic election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they round out their knowledge of twentieth and twenty-first century Africa and its political conflicts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the video for homework as part of a flipped classroom activity
  • Have the class split into groups to further research different African countries
  • Discuss historical transitions from colonization like Belgian Congo in 1960, as well as the independence of India from Britain
Classroom Considerations

  • Complexity of subject matter makes the video most appropriate as part of a larger unit and discussion on African history
  • Video mainly focuses on African conflicts in the 20th century, particularly from 1970 to the present
  • Narration moves quickly; consider pausing periodically to reinforce understanding
  • Part of a larger video playlist on world history
Pros

  • Covers a wide range of topics
  • Folds well into a social studies unit on conflicts and genocide across the globe
Cons

  • None