This lesson is a cooperative learning activity that exercises reading, note-taking, and summarizing skills. It's a jig saw in groups of four with one note-taker recording the notes from the presenters as they share with the group. It begins individually and is assessed individually with cooperative learning and a collaborative product (notes on Google Docs).
Empires: Ming, Qing, Safavid / Ottoman, Songhay / Mughal
Reading: Ways of the World Strayer 2nd Ed.
- Read and make notes about your assigned civilization. Be prepared to share what you learned with your group.
- Share what you learned while the group recorder adds notes to the group document (Google Docs)
- Review other groups' notes to add to yours.
What was the most significant note that added from another group?Assessment
Write two direct comparisons between civilizations of your choice.
These videos are good case studies. I never show students Crash Course for introduction. Here's a set of guiding questions.
- What is the relationship between Mongols and Mughals?
- How were Hindus treated?
- What economic pursuits supported the empire?
- Describe the government structure and nature of politics.