This 10 page activity packet contains everything your students need to complete a Philosophical Chairs Document Based Activity (using primary sources/secondary sources). Perfect for use during a unit on European Imperialism. This lesson focuses on how European Imperialism affected Africa and India. Students will read primary/secondary documents that will build upon what they have learned in class about European Imperialism. Students will:
1) Read each primary/secondary source document (excerpt) to understand how the people of Africa/ India were affected by colonization.
2) While examining the documents, students can orally discuss the meaning of the documents with a partner.
3) Students will then complete their graphic organizers to record information that will answer the overall question and support their position: Was Imperialism Beneficial to the people of Africa and India?
4) Once students have added evidence to their graphic organizer from the documents to support their position/argument, the teacher can then direct students to take a position and stand on the correct side of the room (Philosophical Chairs Strategy)
5) Teacher will then call on students on both sides of the question to explain their position using the evidence they wrote down. Students are free at any time to switch sides if they are persuaded by another students arguments. (Teacher will take note and ask student to explain why they were convinced to switch). Students add notes to their graphic organizer during this activity.
6) Students can then use their graphic organizers to complete a creative EXIT CARD activity.
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