In Arid Africa we discover how the continent is being ripped apart by continental drift, the African Great Lakes and the difference between Arid and Semi-Arid. We look at how famine is a daily threat of those who live on the Sahel and we investigate the shock westerners might feel at African culture, rites of passage and marriage. Finally we take a look at urbanization and explore how its affects society at large.


Textbook topics include: 

  • The Great Rift Valley
  • The African Great Lakes
  • Paleontological Discoveries
  • Mountains and Plateaus
  • Arid Climate
  • The Sahara Desert
  • Egypt
  • The Suez Canal
  • The Sahel and the Semi-Arid
  • Famine
  • Culture Shock
    • African Culture
    • Family in Africa
    • Rights of Passage
    • Marriage
  • Urbanization
    • Housing
    • Water Supply & Sanitation
    • Waste & Pollution
    • Employment
    • Informal Economy 
    • Crime & Poverty


We recommend: GeoToys — GeoPuzzle Africa and The Middle East


The portfolio will ask learners to consider, research and discuss various questions relating to the topics in the textbooks through: 

  • Questions
  • Research tasks 
  • Practice maps
  • News articles 
  • Assignment to report on and presentation a topic of the learners' choice for which we have included an assessment matrix. 


*Bonus: Reading list of at least 50 novels related to this region.  


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Arid Africa: Digital


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