This vocabulary activity includes both world history content and critical thinking skills.
First, give each pair of students a set of vocabulary word cards. Then, move through the slideshow to complete the various activities. (Making connections, building sentences, discussing prior knowledge, etc.) Students will talk in partners and you may also choose to have students share with the whole group after each activity.
There are slides with definitions for each of the 12 words to be sure that all students have some understanding regardless of their prior knowledge of the subject. The words to focus on are:
-Mandate of Heaven
This lesson pairs well with the History Alive! World Connections textbook sections 11.4 to 11.5. These sections on China and Japan are rich in vocabulary so this type of lesson works great!
The lesson was created to align with Michigan High School World History HSCE standard 5.3.2.