This lesson covers the effect that the Mongol Empire had on post-Classical Russia, China, and the Islamic World.
Included is a short powerpoint that sets up the formation of the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan. Students will then read the included 1 page article that details the Political and Cultural effects Mongol rule had on Russia, China, and the Islamic World.
I then have the students create an illustrated triple Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the political and cultural effects of Mongol rule on these areas (directions included in powerpoint).
After students finish, we discuss their responses. If time permits, I usually end the lesson by having students write a paragraph response to "Which civilization do you think was LEAST harmed by Mongol rule?"
For Texas teachers, this lesson directly addresses the following TEK:
WH1 History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in world history. The student is expected to:
(C) identify major causes and describe the major effects of the following important turning points in world history from 600 to 1450:
formation of medieval Europe; the development of Islamic caliphates and their impact on Asia, Africa, and Europe; the Mongol invasions and their impact on Europe, China, India, and Southwest Asia
- Dan Nguyen
8 slide powerpoint and 1 page article