To show how Western imperialism affected the development of modern Asia.
1 class period
Students begin the lesson by reading several paragraphs of background information on imperialism in Asia.
Afterwards, the class is divided into groups of 3 or 4 students. Each student becomes a European country competing for colonies and port cities in Asia during the Age of Imperialism. One player will be Portugal, one France, one Great Britain, and the other The Netherlands. Asian countries and port cities that can be won by the colonial powers are listed on the lesson page.
Play begins with group members rolling a die. The high roller in each group wins control of India (the first location in the list) and gets 5 points. All group members then write that player’s country in the space before India in the list. Competition continues in the same way for the Malay States and other countries and cities of Asia.
Students spend the rest of the period playing the game. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
NOTE: Each group of students will need a die to roll during the game.
For homework, a map exercise on the second lesson page can be assigned. Students will use colors or special markings (shaded areas, diagonal lines, etc.) to show the Asian colonies and port cities taken by imperialist nations during the colonial period.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.