Resource 2: Pictorial map of Great Zimbabwe

Teacher resource for planning or adapting to use with pupils

  1. Find Great Zimbabwe.
  2. Find the Zimbabwe Plateau. Why do you think the founders of Great Zimbabwe decided to build the settlement on a plateau?
  3. What natural resources were found in and around the region of Great Zimbabwe?
  4. Why were these resources important?
  5. What other environmental factors may have contributed to the people’s decision to settle on the Zimbabwe Plateau?

Original source: Dyer, C., Nisbet, J., Friedman, M., Johannesson, B., Jacobs, M., Roberts, B. & Seleti, Y. (2005). Looking into the Past: Source-based History for Grade 10. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman. ISBN 0 636 06045 4.

Resource 1: Great Zimbabwe

Resource 3: A mind map about keeping cattle