Activity A



Subjects covered:

English, History (social sciences),

Connecting Classroom themes:


Core skills:

Analytical and critical thinking, communication, historical enquiry, creativity, writing skills

Learning outcomes:

1.      Learn by writing and drawing about Mapungubwe


Research project


This activity is a great and fun way for learners to remember more about what they learnt on Mapungubwe. For this activity students will take on the role of a traveler like Marco Polo. They can be taking the role of a trader, a general traveler or someone visiting a relative who lives in Mapungubwe.


The will write a dairy of their stay in Mapungubwe. They should also draw what they see during their stay in Mapungubwe.


[Ensure the students have a bibliography attached at the end of their diaries. Using Harvard method.]


The students should write about at least 3 of the following areas:

1.      The geography of the city of Mapungubwe. How does the city look like etc.

2.      Trade practices – describe what was traded, with whom, using the river/ports used.

3.      Describe the society – rich and poor

4.      The history of the earliest settlers of Mapungubwe. For example: I was told by my brother that the very first citizens of Mapungubwe were here from 1000ad to 1300ad and were Stone Age settlers.

5.      Attending a burial in the city. Both a rich and poor burial – artifacts that will be buried with the person and location of the burial.

6.      Mapungubwe state – economy, king and queen. It was a global superpower because of trade and one of the state’s leading the first stages of globalization.

7.      Importance of gold in Mapungubwe

8.      Farming practices




Give points for creativity – how descriptive they are and the amount of research they put into their diary.








Activity B


Activity B

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