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Course: History 1, Africa (2024): Current Events

Using current events to launch your research

Current events are a way to launch your research. By understanding a current event you can then research the historical roots of the event.

To review the lesson on how to find and use current event in history research check out the Canvas History 1 Research Module 2: Current events page.

Don't forget to look beyond the front pages for current event stories that are not daily headline news.

News sites in English covering African countries

These are sites that have news from countries all over the African continent. Most have a way to navigate to specific countries and/or a search function.

Sites with links to news sites in specific locations

Suggestions for specific countries

Try searching "news your country name" in Google. You'll get links to different news sites including the BBC, France24, and Aljazeera.



Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast





How to use a current events story for research

You can review the lesson about how to find and use a current event in your history research on the History 1 Research Canvas page: Module 2.

Here are some questions to think about when you're looking for a news story:

  • Is it something I'm interested in?
  • Does the story connect to a larger theme in history?
  • Is there enough information in the story for me to analyze?

Guiding prompts

These prompts will help you get the most out of your current events articles:

  1. Summarize the news story
  2. What groups or individuals are involved in this?
  3. What larger topic does this relate to?
  4. How does this connect to a larger historical context?
  5. What do you need to know more about after reading this article and what search terms could you use?
  6. Collect the information for your bibliography.