The Dark Horse Comes to Malawi: Famine in Africa (World History)


In this third lesson of the four part series, students briefly examine the 2002 famine in Africa and the factors that contributed to its severity, with a special focus on Malawi.


In this third lesson in the unit, students will build on the knowledge and background gained from lessons one and two, "Got Energy?" and "Meet Malawi". They will study the 2002 famine in Africa, especially how it affected Malawi, and draw conclusions as to what factors contributed to this human tragedy. Then they will draft a letter to the United Nations giving suggestions for how resource inequality should be addressed by the international community.

Lesson Times

Session 1
60 Minutes
Session 2
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities Energy, Environment, and Utilities
K-12 Subjects
  • History/Social Science
Grade Levels
  • 10

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to explain why conditions in Malawi became especially difficult in the early 2000's
  • Students will be able to evaluate several contributing factors to the 2002 famine in Malawi, and be able to craft a succinct statement describing what caused the famine
  • Students will be able to compose a persuasive letter using the three appeals.

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