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Published on July 20th, 2010 | by What2Learn

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Nelson Mandela: Resources for Black History Month

Throughout the world Nelson Mandela is one of the most respected and admired men alive today. He has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. What do you know about him?

Activity One:

Click here to download the worksheet for this activity. It has a series of questions to answer – you can type your answers straight onto the sheet. The answers to which can all be found on the following websites…

  • Read through the introductory section in the Wikipedia entry about Nelson Mandela by clicking here.
  • Learn about Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s part in ending it by clicking here.
Activity Two:

Read through the following questions and then click the link to the BBC News Archive.

What age was Nelson Mandela when he was freed from prison?

Why were so many black AND white South Africans so excited when he was released?

How did Nelson Mandela feel about the white man who was President of South Africa at the time, FW De Klerk?

Did Nelson Mandela feel bad and regretful for the things he had done before being sent to prison? Would you?

Did he want black people to be more important and privileged than white people?

How would you have felt if you had been at the rally at Cape Town where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech after being freed?

BBC News – Archive: Nelson Mandela freed from prison after 27 years

Interactive learning games

So how much do you think you have learned? Try these quiz games to test yourself. You can follow the shortcut links below but the best way to play these games is to log in to W2L and unlock topic code 891129.

Game 1 Nelson Mandela Facts 1 PLAY
Game 2 Nelson Mandela Facts 2 PLAY

BONUS GAMES!

Martin Luther King is another man who has had a major impact on Black History. How much do you know about him? We recommend you do a little bit of research about him before you attempt these games.

Game 1 Martin Luther King Game 1 PLAY
Game 2 Martin Luther King Game 2 PLAY
Game 3 Martin Luther King Game 3 PLAY

TEACHERS – see the scores your students get in these games using free What2Learn teacher and student accounts. You will need to log in and unlock topic code 891129. For guidance on this please click here.

Images of Nelson Mandela

The following slideshow can be used as a basis for discussion and developing further understanding. Press the play button to begin.




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