Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Land Empires in the Early Modern 1450-1750

Empires expanded and conquered new peoples around the world, but they often had difficulties incorporating culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse subjects, and administrating widely dispersed territories. ... Around the world, empires and states of varying sizes pursued strategies of centralization, including more efficient taxation systems that placed strains on peasant producers, sometimes prompting local rebellions. Rulers used public displays of art and architecture to legitimize state power (AP Curriculum).

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.

  1. Read and make notes about your assigned civilization. Be prepared to share what you learned with your group.
  2. Share what you learned while the group recorder adds notes to the group document (Google Docs)
  3. Review other groups' notes to add to yours.
What was the most significant note that added from another group?

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.

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