Lesson Plans: Grades 9-12

Lesson Five. Hosting a Diplomatic Reception

Created December 3, 2015


The Lesson


Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

Follower of Gentile Bellini, Portrait of Mehmet II (1432–1481).

Credit: National Gallery, London. Yorck Project. Public Domain 1.0

In this lesson students synthesize the information gathered in the earlier intelligent briefings and in the written intelligence in order to build a relationship with one other team of student diplomats.  

Students throw a diplomatic reception for student-diplomats representing Early Modern empires. Each diplomatic group will present a toast to an empire with which they would like to build a relationship.

Learning Objectives

  • Students synthesize information gathered in the earlier briefings and in written intelligence
  • Students build a relationship with one other team of student diplomats culminating in a diplomatic toast

Preparation and Resources

Before students enter class for this activity, small tables with signs for each empire should be set up around the room.

Lesson Activities

Activity 1. Setting Up a Diplomacy Reception

Students spend 5 –7 minutes setting up for the reception, decorating their space to represent their own empire and creating an appropriate space for hosting another empire. Students should bring a tablecloth, place settings, pictures, maps, and music.

Activity 2. Delivering the Toast

One diplomat from each group delivers a toast to the empire they have chosen to invite to the reception. Each empire takes turns delivering a toast.  It is not uncommon for one empire team to receive several toasts while one or two are not toasted at all. This helps students understand which empires were desirable trading partners.

Activity 3. Informal Relationship Building

After all toasts are delivered, students are given some time for informal relationship building. This includes visiting each empire’s space and engaging in informal talks before writing formal trade treaties in the following lesson.


As an exit ticket, students are to evaluate the reception by ranking the empires into the ones with which they would like to trade from most to least desirable.

The Basics

Grade Level


Time Required

1-2 class periods

Subject Areas
  • History and Social Studies > Place > Africa
  • History and Social Studies > Themes > Common Core
  • History and Social Studies > Place > Europe
  • History and Social Studies > World > The Modern World (1500 CE-Present)
  • History and Social Studies > Place > The Middle East
  • History and Social Studies > Place > Asia
  • Critical analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpretation
  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions
  • Map Skills
  • Rob Hallock, Sammamish High School (Bellevue, WA)
  • Kathryn Smoot, Sammamish High School (Bellevue, WA)


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