I use this activity to study the International Middle Years Curriculum Big Idea of Adaptability.
Explanation of the Unit
Webquest/Research & Sketch project with rubric
Research and reading resource list for teachers
Reading graphic organizers for Mongols as a group and Genghis Khan as an important person
In preparation for the project in my class, we read about and study the Mongols as a group, including the geography of the Asian Steppe, using the listed resources and the included graphic organizers to take notes.
Genghis Khan and his descendants conquer much of China, including the area controlled by the Song Dynasty. This is considered the Golden Age of China, and we also read about this era to provide context and contrast to life on the steppe. There are many established resources from other educators and websites for this period of Chinese history, so in this product I included only resources for the Mongols.
Once students understand the harshness of the steppe and the measures the Mongols took to survive in that environment, I have them do research in a webquest on another environment in the world of their choice to imagine Genghis Khan being forced to adapt to. Their final product is a landscape sketch that includes as many images as possible to portray all of the pieces of information they have synthesized from the research and their previous study. This assesses what they know about Genghis Khan’s needs as a human, ability to adapt as a Mongol, and the major factors that describe an environment.
The included rubric refers to the IMYC geography standards for 6th grade.