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October 1, 2009


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October 1, 2009

  1. 1. October 1, 2009 FYI – The Tucson Arizona School District has instituted a mandatory program of Mexican American Studies. What do you think of this? Is it a good idea?
  2. 2. Homework: <ul><li>Sundiata is a myth of the founding of Mali. Write a “myth” of the founding of KCAPA. You must use the names of at least one teacher and one student. Also use the vocabulary words founding and creation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are we going to put in the hall? <ul><li>I suggest something about Mansa Musa </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think? </li></ul><ul><li>I want ideas soon, so spend a little bit of time thinking about this </li></ul>
  4. 4. Timbuktu <ul><li>A city in both ancient and modern Mali </li></ul><ul><li>Formerly a trading center </li></ul><ul><li>Formerly a center of learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Timbuktu <ul><li>Current population 31,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Declined in part due to an increase in the size of the Sahara Desert </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of being on the edge, Timbuktu is now within the Sahara </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sankore Madrasah <ul><li>Part of the University of Timbuktu </li></ul><ul><li>Madrash means school in Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Sankore is als a Mosque </li></ul>
  7. 7. University of Timbuktu <ul><li>At its peak there were 25,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Timbuktu had 100,000 people at the time </li></ul><ul><li>The Quran was the major subject but other subjects were taught </li></ul>
  8. 8. Timbuktu Texts <ul><li>As many as 700,000 texts exist </li></ul><ul><li>There is an international effort to preserve them </li></ul><ul><li>The manuscripts are now in the hands of private families in Timbuktu </li></ul>
  9. 10. Class work: <ul><li>Write an imagined letter home from your visit to Timbuktu </li></ul><ul><li>It must be at least 3 paragraphs long </li></ul><ul><li>It must include 10 accurate facts about Timbuktu taken from your notes </li></ul>
  10. 11. Use these pictures for more information to use in your letter