This lesson always turns the classroom excitement level way up! Students will hear gruesome stories of Mongols drinking horse blood on the run and catapulting Black Death carcasses in siege warfare, and then try to reconcile Mongolian brutality with their policies of religious tolerance and egalitarian meritocracy. How did Genghis Khan manage to establish the largest land-based contiguous empire in the world's history? What was it about the Mongols' geography, way of life, military tactics, and ruling styles that made this achievement possible?
In this inquiry-based lesson, students analyze maps, images, and primary and secondary sources to find answers to these questions. A a guided notes worksheet on John Green's extremely popular Crash Course World History "Mongols" episode is included, which can be used in class or assigned as homework. The complete lesson provides many writing and discussion opportunities, with the detailed five page teacher answer key and guide giving supplementary material, stories, and analysis questions. See the Preview for excerpts.
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